Or She Did At One Point, Anyway

After seeing a movie that I like, the days to follow are filled with obsessing about it. Obsessing as in looking for similar inspiration sources. Regarding wardrobe, accessories, atmosphere, settings. Yesterday I saw Brideshead Revisited. It was amazing. A quiet movie, but with profound significances, the one which doesn't let you exit the cinema room before asking yourself a number of questions. I loved how the action developed throughout the film, making it quite dynamic.
Because I can't summarize it that easy, I'll just put up for you the somewords on the plot as found on IMDb: The memoirs of Captain Charles Ryder who is stationed at Brideshead Castle during WWII and remembers his involvement with the owners of the Brideshead estate: the aristocratic yet Catholic Flyte family and in particular brother and sister Sebastian and Julia.
My only disappointment was that Sebastian was, well, neglected towards the end of the film and the focus moved onto Julia. The character of Julia was played by Hayley Atwel. As a great part of the movie presented what happened ten and four years earlier, one of the most interesting things was to follow the way the actors were impersonating younger character selfs and the means used to suggest the passing of time.


Being somewhat shallow, oh aren't we all, I was captivated by Julia. The action took place at the beginning of the 20th century, and then right before the Second World War. And her hair, tiara worn to the ball. She was dressed so feminine and graceful! Red lipstick, jewellery, dresses, so much eye-candy!
What I also found interesting was the way the male characters were dressed. Sure, they had a good financial state for those times, Sebastian being quite wealthy. But what caught my eye were good knitted pieces, scarves, impeccable three-piece suits, elegant accessories.
Something in the young Julia reminded so bad about Cleopatra. I don't know, I just found myself comparing the two. Black, sleek hair, perfection in gestures and a somehow cold and distant attitude which suggested an out-of-this-world being. My absolute favorite part of the movie was the 21st birthday party thrown for Julia. Something like a social gathering, or a ball. I'm still mesmerized by the appearance of her:
Even more mind-blowing elegant than Julia was her mother, Lady Marchmain. From her hairstyle, to her makeup, necklaced and clothes, everything on her was flawless.
Of course, besides all this outside appearance&looks, it's a contrasting evolution in their souls. Decay and an entire world falling apart were impressively portrayed. And a closing quote:
Charles Ryder: [suggestively] I can't sleep...
Julia Flyte: Try pyjamas!
photos: allmoviephoto.com
Sweet treats,
Daiane

9 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, I doubt it will be screened in the next couple of weeks here, in Podgorica. Maybe I will be able to see it in Bucharest ;)
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  2. I saw this on a plane. :) Young Julia was quite captivating.

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  3. I haven't seen this because this was murdered by the critics...might DVD it just to make sure but apparently they've adapted the book horribly which just about breaks my heart...

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  4. @ carola: i will get to this soon, thank you!
    @ the clothes horse: it is, isn't she?
    @ susie: i had no idea the critics were so hard on it, i loved the screening. didn't read the book, though, i hate it when they distort the original story...
    xo

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  5. I've been trying to see this movie for some time now! Thank you for the review :)

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  6. Hi! I'd like to see that film. Did you ever see the movie, "The Wings of the Dove"...It was one of my favorite movies in the 90's, which now seems like a 'period piece' in itself. haha I wanted to say I love your blog and exquisite style and fashion sense. Keep up the great work in 2009! Happy New Year!

    Scott

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  7. @ Scott: didn't see it (yet) :)) thank you so much and have an amazing 2009!

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  8. @ Scott: didn't see it (yet) :)) thank you so much and have an amazing 2009!

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  9. @ carola: i will get to this soon, thank you!
    @ the clothes horse: it is, isn't she?
    @ susie: i had no idea the critics were so hard on it, i loved the screening. didn't read the book, though, i hate it when they distort the original story...
    xo

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