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3.0 out of 5 stars I found it extremely slow moving, 9 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Brideshead Revisited, Collector's Edition [DVD] (DVD)
I missed this when it showed on TV in 1981, though I have read the book, and decided to see why the TV series been so popular. I have to confess I fail to see what all the fuss was about. Firstly, how on earth can we believe that Anthony Andrews as Sebastian Flyte, and Jeremy Irons as Charles Ryder, (both born in 1948) can be Oxford University students supposedly aged 19? A 33 year old cuddling a teddy bear looks odd, rather than cute. John Gielgud and Lawrence Olivier as fathers of the pair were far more convincing and made the "boys'" performances appear lacklustre and insipid by comparison. The rest of the cast were convincing too; and I was amazed to recognise Jane Asher as Charles' unfortunate soon to be ex-wife Celia. I'm sure it has been said before, but the costumes, sets (including of course Castle Howard as Brideshead, Oxford colleges and Venetian Palazzios) and faithful recreation of the second world war period were the real heroes of the series. My favourite episodes were those concerning Julia and her husband Rex; my least favourite the last, the long-drawn out death of Lord Marchmain, the split between Charles and Julia, and his unconvincing conversion to Catholicism.
Just out of interest, Jeremy Irons is smoking in virtually every single scene. It's very possible that seeing this weekly and not bunched up together as I did, would have made it more enjoyable, and points like this less noticeable and jarring.
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2011 08:10:20 GMT
Gary Rosson says:
You cannot suffer passive smoking by watching television!
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