Monday, June 30, 2008

Brideshead Revisited. . . revisited

I know an Evelyn Waugh novel isn't exactly light, summer reading, but Brideshead Revisited is going on my July reading list.
The soon-to-be-released Brideshead Revisited film is the reason why I'm brushing up on my Waugh. Those of you who grew up like Lauren and me, with a healthy dose of Masterpiece Theater each month, have probably already seen at least part of the 1981 Brideshead mini-series. We've seen all 11 episodes (that's 659 minutes), so you can only imagine how excited (and relieved) I am that BBC has made it into a (100 minute-long) film. The fact that Emma Thompson is in it is just icing on the cake.

Below are a couple of comparison photos of the two versions (2008 images on the left, 1981 images on the right).


Charles Ryder and Sebastian Flyte lounging around Oxford University.

Sebastian in all his aristocratic-ness.

A day of boating. Champagne? Check. Teddy Bear? Check.

Charles in Morocco searching for Sebastian.

Charles, Julia and Sebastian on the grounds of Brideshead.

I can't wait to study all the costumes in the film. There are a few images on that show some of the clothing, but not much. I couldn't find a website for the film, but hopefully more photos will pop up online closer to the release date.

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Danz said...

Great post! I love the cover of the book and the costumes in the movie are so stunning and inspirational! I hadn't heard of this film before but I really want to watch it! Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons are both fantastic actors!

Also, thanks for your wonderful comment on my post! :)

AsianCajuns said...

Danz, let me know if you go see the new film or if you rent the mini-series. Jeremy Irons plays a great Charles and I have no doubt that Emma Thompson will be fantastic - as always!

Natasha said...

oh man. If men still went around dressed like that I don't think my loins could be held accountable for their actions.

Stephanie said...

Do you think you'll be reading anything that involves the Cookie Monster or LeVar Burton? Because that is the only PBS programming I watched as a kid. :)

AsianCajuns said...

Natasha, you are too funny! I can't stop laughing, but I'd be right there with you! If only guys would still dress like that *sigh*.

Stephanie, Lar and I loved Reading Rainbow! Kids these days don't know what they're missing.

Cammila said...

Jesus what incredible costumes! It's so rich, I want to point out what's gorgeous but literally every single shot is full of incredible pieces.

You know what's strange is sometimes a film full of lush, beautiful period costumes will make me feel overwhelmed, like I can't take it all in and enjoy it in time, like I need to watch the movie at half speed or something. It also reminds me how important it is to enjoy clothes for their inherent beauty and not just for their potential to be worn by me, because there aren't enough days in a lifetime to wear all the beautiful clothes in the world.

Haha, it's almost zen!

Human Racing said...

Nice post! I like the drawn cover the most actually.

Great style too. This is definately going on my reading list.

Sharon S said...

I hear from Yiqin that it's your birthdays, if so, have a happy birthday girls and an enjoyable day!! I must admit, I haven't seen the film, so I shall do my best to see this new version due out!

Unknown said...

Is that Anthony Andrews? I love Anthony Andrews! I've never heard of this movie before, but Emma Thompson is brilliant, so I'll have to check it out.

Also, this is my first time visiting your blog. Happy birthday, and hello!

Anonymous said...

happy birthday AsianCajuns! Quarter century....wowie!

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Elizabeth said...

I have yet to check this one out!

Meghan and Lana said...

Wonderful inspiration! Great blog

LizBlair said...

I would have never even thought of checking out this movie until I saw your pictures of the beautiful costumes, and now I'm interested!

Romeika said...

I didn't know this was coming out soon, glad you posted about it. The costumes look stunning, I'm definitely seeing the film if I have a chance.

Unknown said...

It's hard to believe Jeremy Irons so young or Emma Thompson so...old...

AsianCajuns said...

Cammila, well said! I know exactly what you mean. I think I like posting images from films because it helps me enjoy the costumes that much more.

nay'chelle, let me know if you like it!

Krista, thanks for visiting.

To both anonymous(es): thank you!

Enc, I can't wait to check out the new film!

KATLIN said...

Ooh another movie to add to my list of must sees!!