In the Dark

Forerunners

Brideshead Revisited
Produced by BBC Films and Ecosse Films
Directed by Julian Jarrold
Screenplay by Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock from the Evelyn Waugh novel
Distributed by Miramax Films

The Dark Knight
Produced and distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Screenplay by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan

Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited is not a novel for the faint of heart.  This sumptuously ornate invocation of an aristocratic world receding ineluctably into a fabled past gives many the shivers.  Some tingle with thwarted longing; others quake with class-conscious anger.  Neither response was what Waugh had sought.  When he wrote Brides­head in 1944, he was a captain in the British army and convinced that, however the war ended, the world in which he had grown up would be lost forever.  He wanted to recall what was best about this period without glossing over its deficiencies.  More than this, he wanted to reveal “the operation of Divine Grace on a group of closely connected characters.”  The splendors of the life he had known among aristocratic friends between the wars was to be a distant second to his theological theme, but he often allowed himself to be carried away with the heady, seductive charm of that world—its art...

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