Monday, June 30, 2008

Sir Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson revisited.

The £20 million pound British film is set for release in the US on July 25th; and makes its UK premier on September 12th, 2008. Based on Evelyn Waugh’s acclaimed novel, the film is adapted for the screen by multi BAFTA Award-winner Andrew Davies (“Bridget Jones Diary,” “Bleak House”) and Jeremy Brock (“The Last King of Scotland”) and directed by Julian Jarrold (“Becoming Jane”).
Harry Potter director David Yates was set to head this film, but had to step aside to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix instead. Brideshead was of course a highly popular TV series in the UK some years ago for those of you old enough to remember, but the writers and production team have gone straight back to the novel for the adaptation in this 2008 production.

The film tells the story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in the pre-WWII era. In the film, Oxford student Charles Ryder becomes entranced with the a seductive but troubled family of Anglo-Catholic aristocrats Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte and then his sophisticated sister, Julia. The rise and fall of Charles’ infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England between the wars. Gambon plays the dissolute patriarch Lord Marchmain, and Thompson his devout and controlling wife.

The has trailers available in many formats (up to 1080p res) check them out here.

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