Hmmm. . .
Posted by Tay on June 11, 1998 at 17:22:30:
In response to Brideshead..., written by Kate on June 11, 1998 at 14:08:25
] When Waugh was writing it would have been impossible to even IMPLY that they were having a physical relationship and get past the censor. I think it's fairly clear that Waugh meant us to think they were - he himself was gay and lived the same kind of existence at university.
] Part of the complication of the plot is Charles' obsession with the family - it starts with Sebastian and moves to Julia.
] The miniseries, from memory, didn't have them actually in bed together, but I seem to remember there might have been a couple of kisses?? And Sebastian was about as camp as could be ;-)
I checked out this one book that was sort of a commentary about "Brideshead" and it said that their relationship was not gay, because Sebastian wasn't even mature in that kind of way and that it was more centered on Charles' yearning for a 'real' family, since all he had was a doddering old man and a pompous cousin. Also, Waugh didn't mince matters about being gay when he mentioned Anthony Blanche (? I can't recall his name accurately at the moment) who was quite convincingly gay, but whom Charles did not like.
So, what do you think??
P.S. About Sebastian - it's Anthony Andrews who played him, and he's the whole reason I read the book ;-)
- Link: Brideshead Revisited
- I didn't think that he was gay Laura 13:01:59 6/12/98 (0)
- Anthony Andrews... Kate 18:37:03 6/11/98 (3)
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