Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things

Streaming Video - 2004
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During the 1930s in England, a group of young socialites dominate the national gossip with extravagant and outlandish antics.
Publisher: [United States] : Cinedigm, 2004
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 106 min.)) : sd., col

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dennismmiller
Mar 02, 2019

Watching Stephen Fry's adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies it seems likely that he has a great deal of affection for the source material. Not only are whole passages of dialogue taken intact from the book, virtually every character is perfectly cast. There are three great concessions Fry makes, one to period, one to medium, and one to convention. For the first, with alcohol abuse and fornication insufficiently shocking to modern audiences, drug abuse and homosexuality have been introduced in a muddled effort to spice things up. For the second, a number of secondary characters, many of whom have their own adventures, have been excluded almost entirely. Unfortunately, losing some of the subplots means thinning out the dense tapestry of the novel, and losing much of the beauty of the pattern in the process. This also removes the bitter sting of Waugh's ending, opening the way for a happier, deliberately absurd, and hopefully audience-pleasing conclusion.

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lReaderl
Apr 19, 2017

Great film adaptation of Vile Bodies, as others have said. Recommend only if you've read the book; otherwise, may be confusing. (fyi, endings are different in the book vs. movie & some scenes from the book aren't depicted).

hania4987 Sep 30, 2013

this is the seamy view of the apparently carefree society preoccupied with gossip and play, which comes to a screeching halt with the advent of war.

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megaculpa
Mar 20, 2013

A wonderful film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies. Terrific cast, energetically directed by Stephen Fry.

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TuesdayMoon
Apr 22, 2011

Not as funny as I'd expect from good old Stephen Fry, but a jolly enjoyable film nonetheless. Nicely acted by the ensemble cast, especially Michael Sheen, Fenella Woolgar, and David Tennant. Lots of colour, action (motor car races!), and snappy dialogue to differentiate the movie from the familiar British period film/novel adaptation. Sometimes feels too abrupt, and I had to put the subtitles on during all the party scenes as it's difficult to hear over the din.

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