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07.05.2014 | 106 days ago | Posted at 10:53 AM

Decline and Fall of a Bird Watcher on DVD

By David Luhrssen
  Evelyn Waugh is best known today for Brideshead Revisited, the basis for an outstanding British TV series (1981-1982) and a ho-hum movie (2008). But before he slipped into an elegiac mood of loss, he was known as Britain’s best comic novelist since Charles Dickens for Vile Bodies’ satirie of London’s “bright young things,” Scoop’s spot-on spoof of the headline...
02.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
I have been a good sport about the 2008 feature film adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, both when it came to theaters last summer and to DVD last month. But now someone was nice enough to send me �Brideshead Revisited: 25th Anniversary Collector�s Edition,� a DVD set of the 11-episode British television adaptation from 1982 (which I hadn�t seen in years) plus interesting bonus features. I stand...
01.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Evelyn Waugh�s meditation on faith and its absence, and the varieties of love and desire, found a new audience in the 1980s through a British television production of Brideshead Revisited. Readers of Waugh�s novel and fans of the lengthy miniseries will find some of their favorite bits missing from the 2008 film adaptation, out now on DVD. British director Julian Jarrold can be commended, howeve...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Brideshead is back

Evelyn Waugh’s meditation on faith and its absence, and the varieties of love and desire, found a new audience in the 1980s through a British television production of Brideshead Revisited. Readers of Waugh’s novel and fans of the 11-part miniseries alike will find some of their favorite bits missing from the new film adaptation. British director Julian Jarrold should be commended, however, for intelligently condensing an emotionally rich story spanning two decades into a two-hour movie. Some of my favorite lines were edited, it’s true, but the main themes and memorable scenes for the most part remain.

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