The Line of Beauty DVD
You save £10 (62%)
|Add to Wishlist|
This product should be despatched within 2 working days. Despatched from the UK. Delivery timesUsually 2-3 days to reach UK addresses. Europe takes around 2 days longer and International destinations take 1-2 weeks
FREE to UK addresses.
Costs to other countriesUK: Free
Western Europe: £2.00
Rest of the world: £3.00
If you are unhappy with your purchase, you can return it to us within 14 days. More details
Related Special Offers
Directed by Saul Dibb
Produced in 2006
Main Language - ENGLISH
Countries & Regions - British Film
This skilful screen adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's Booker Prize-winning novel examines many of the uglier aspects of the 1980s – heavy drug use, lust for wealth, unapologetic superficiality – through the eyes of the beautiful people. Nick is a young, smooth-talking Oxford graduate who slips effortlessly into upper-class London life when college friend Tobias, the son of an up-and-coming Tory MP (Tim McInnerny, the embodiment of Conservative smarm), arranges for him to stay at the family home. The drama focuses on two significant relationships in Nick's life - one with a black council worker, and one with a millionaire playboy. The graphic gay sex scenes provoked a degree of outrage from the red tops, but are essential to convey the importance sex plays in Nick's story.
As in the novel, the dramatisation criticises the 80s through feigned impartiality – by telling the story through those who embrace the unchecked greed and hedonism, we understand how Nick makes the wrong decisions, being seduced by surface beauty throughout. Tobias' sister points out Nick's misguided priorities when she counsels: “Darling, you don't fall in love with somebody because they're beautiful. People are lovely because we love them, not the other way round”.
The series captures the 1980s zeitgeist and at times The Line Of Beauty feels like a period drama, as the land of electro-pop and ardent Thatcher-worship seems like another country. Music, set decoration and costume design (tweed jackets and chinos) all add credence to time and place. But ultimately it is through Andrew Davies’ splendid writing that the drama so cleverly comments on the social meltdown of the time.
Alex Davidson on 15th July 2006
Author of 231 reviews
BBC adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's Booker Prize-winning novel. A handsome cast enact the experiences of Nick Guest, a young, gay Oxford graduate who infiltrates the family of a wealthy Tory politican. The drama explores two of his romantic relationships in a story that perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the 1980s.
Length: 180 mins
Cat No: BBCDVD2221
Format: DVD Colour
A classic television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel that remains as captivati...
Customers who liked this also liked...
Also from director Saul Dibb
More from publisher BBC
Also Available from the Cast