Friday, August 8, 2008
I saw “Brideshead Revisited” last night with my friend David, and came away mildly disappointed. For some reason, it seems a bit flat, a little too streamlined. The story is so rich and so complex, and I was riveted by the book and by the miniseries when I watched it on video several years ago, but something is lost when it’s condensed into a two-hour movie. On the plus side, it is visually lush, and you do come away with the sense that we’ve lost something in the coarseness of modern life.
(And why is modern life so coarse, anyway? What’s happened to our manners?)
(Photo: W. 26th Street, July 2008)