Brideshead recherché

A new movie version of Evelyn Waugh’s classic twentieth century novel later a 1980s television series Brideshead Revisited had its premiere this week. The story, set in England during the 1930s as the sun is setting on the British Empire and the sons of two aristocratic families think about going down on each other is a commentary on the breakdown of the old class system, the degeneracy of the privileged classes, intellectual ennui and the languor of idle youth against a background of a nation not yet recovered from one disastrous war but preparing for another. The plot focuses on the relationship of two undergraduates from Oxford University, Charles Ryder and Lord Sebastian Flyte, two young men at Waugh with themselves.

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