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Personal/Theological Notebook?: Finishing "Brideshead" 
2nd-Jun-2005 03:43 am
I am stunned--pummeled--having just finished watching the DVD set of Brideshead Revisited. What an absolute triumph of filmmaking. Even Waugh, with what I gather was a considerable loathing for what film could do to a story, would be delighted with such a faithful staging and retelling of his story: it took quite a bit longer for me to watch it because I kept pausing it in order to read the given passage in parallel. I wanted to applaud and not stop--sitting here by myself in the middle of the night--at the conclusion. I wonder if the cast and crew, giving a year of their lives, some of them, to this project, are as amazed at and proud of what they accomplished as this "raw" viewer is: I could only hope so.
2nd-Jun-2005 10:51 am (UTC)
i remember how absorbing and beautifully-done i found it, when it was first shown here. i hadn't read the book, so it was all new to me. (the book came later.) the cast was terrific. i especially liked the minor characters, like phoebe nicholls as cordelia and simon jones as bridey. the ending of it broke my heart.
2nd-Jun-2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to decide what I thought of Jones as Bridey. I found Bridey much less agreeable in reading him (and I've only read it once, I confess). The way he was played, though, I found myself growing more fond of him--for all his resigned awkwardness--than I wonder if the book would allow. Still, the dialogue as performed, with much space and pausing, added a great deal of nuance to how I had read the text....
2nd-Jun-2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
yes, i thought it was altogether well played. (i must say it was fun later on to see jones as arthur dent in that BBC production of "Hitchhiker's Guide," after seeing him as bridey!)
2nd-Jun-2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Your icon here reminds me that my "actor spotting" of last night was in wracking my brain to try to think of where I had seen the Doctor before, only to finally recognize him as Alfred Pennyworth from the first four Batman movies....
2nd-Jun-2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen this, but now I think I'm going to have to. Also, at first, I thought that "Even Waugh" was a spelling error.
2nd-Jun-2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
:-) I sort of noticed the "not quite right" look to it as I typed it....
2nd-Jun-2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
Okay, you're the third person in three days to mention this film. Now I have to go watch it.
2nd-Jun-2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
Huh. Go figure.
2nd-Jun-2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that! I know you're busy....
2nd-Jun-2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, you don't understand--I am always available for procrastination. 24/7.
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