1. lwoolf says

    WHYYYYY do these studios insist on showing you the whole plot of the movie in their trailers? They assume the audience is stupid and so train the audience to BECOME stupid!!!

  2. LD says

    How interesting that they decided to retain Castle Howard from the original 1980s miniseries as the stand-in for Brideshead. It was such a powerful presence in the original film, it’s almost as though they had decided to cast Claire Bloom as Lady Marchmain (though I cannot wait to see the brilliant Emma Thompson’s version of the matriarch.) It just seems that they have chosen such a different tone for this new film (I see a lot of sweaty naked backs and louche intrigue) one would expect them to have chosen another grand English house, such as Blenheim, as the film’s setting.

  3. anon says

    I dunno… The “many sins” line from the original left little doubt about these two, even if they didn’t show anything. Likewise, the whole thing is hardly gay-positive. Sebastian ends up a complete wastrel and Charles ends up very conservative.

  4. says

    I thought it was going to go the other way, given what the writer said in the NYTimes:

    “This puts Julia center stage,” Mr. Brock said of the Venice scenes. “When you read the novel, there is a sense that she is slightly the one who comes after Sebastian, that she is No. 2, and I think it’s not quite fair. The true love story for Charles is the one with Julia.”

    Why wouldn’t it be fair to focus on Charles/Sebastian?

  5. Joey Mastroianni says

    I saw this movie at a screening recently, and I hate to report that the TV miniseries was infinitely better. The guy who plays the new Sebastian is NO Anthony Andrews–he plays him like an annoying flighty airhead. They’ve added scenes where Julia and Charles are kissing in front of Sebastian! NOT in the book. Overall, the tone of the movie is over-the-top and melodramatic while the TV series was beautiful, understated and simply perfect. Why they insisted on ruining a perfect adaptation is beyond me. And yes, the portrait of Sebastian is FAR, FAR from gay-positive. The movie made me want to get my hands on the Granada production DVD just to rinse out the awful aftertaste of the movie.

  6. Ted says

    I watched the miniseries as a 16 year old and I certainly understood the gay theme. Funny how my father recommended the show to me and never picked that up. At least he never said anything to me!

    I think I’ll skip the new version and keep my happy memories.

    PS had to look up the work “louche”. I learn something new on this site every day!

  7. says

    Hmm…. I do like Matthew Goode. I mostly remember him from My Family and Other Animals… absolutely fantastic. He was also in that Scarlet Johanson, Rhys-Myers movie… Matchpoint or something like that (can’t remember off the top of my head). It was *okay*, but Goode’s role in it was solid, if not very deep.

  8. paul says

    The book referred to the romance between
    the World War One poet Siegfried Sassoon, who went on to marry and father a child, and Stephen Tennant, [During the twenties and thirties, Tennant was an important member of the “Bright Young Things.”]. Neither were favorites of the author Evelyn Waugh.

  9. scar2 says

    I remember seeing the mini-series as a kid & being turned on by Anthony Andrews. Can’t wait to see it in the big screen, especially cuz I love Matthew Goode.

  10. says

    As excited as I was over The Dark Knight (and it delivered, IMHO), the literature major in me has a major hankering for BR. When I was in college a hundred years ago, having it forced upon me didn’t sit too well, but I’ve mellowed with age and would love to see the gay overtones are handled in the new adaptation. Should be interesting.

  11. atheist says

    Oh dear. Judging by the trailer this is yet another case of a revisionist’s sexed-up version of a classic novel.. Ben Wishaw is not right for the role of Sebastian at all; pretty he may be but he is far too bland and lacklustre. Andrews’ portrayal was spiky and brilliant. And they seem to have played it decidedly safe in casting the Jeremy Irons act-alike and look-alike Matthew Goode. Why they bother remaking these classics is beyond me; the original series is an utterly flawless classic.

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