Friday, October 19, 2012

The love that dare not speak

In the 1981 miniseries based on Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Sebastian Flyte's homosexuality is implied but never explicit, and in the final scene, as in the book, Charles Ryder has evidently converted to Catholicism.

Times change. In the 2008 remake, it is perfectly clear that Sebastian is gay, but at the end of this film, Ryder leaves the chapel as the agnostic/atheist he was earlier.

What audiences can take has apparently changed.


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