Best known for Brideshead Revisited, British author Evelyn Waugh took aim at the foibles of British society. This set features faithful adaptations of two of his most brilliant satires. In Oscar® nomineeA Handful of Dust
, an uppercrust British marriage comes undone. With Kristin Scott Thomas, James Wilby, and Rupert Graves. “Provocative”Roger Ebert. Scoop is an uproarious send-up of politics and the press. With Michael Maloney, Denholm Elliott, and Donald Pleasance. “Timeless”Newsweek
. SDH subtitles; approx. 233 min. on 2 DVDs. More titles from Acorn Media
A HANDFUL OF DUST
An upper-crust British marriage comes undone in this dark comedy, starring Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) in her breakthrough role. Brenda and Tony Last (James Wilby,Maurice) spend their days flitting between social engagements and renovating their monstrous mansion in the country. But when Brenda begins an affair with an idle young rake (Rupert Graves,The Forsyte Saga), their apparent life of ease takes a tragic turn.
An uproarious send-up of politics and the press, Scoop chronicles the misadventures of William Boot (Michael Maloney,Truly, Madly, Deeply)an innocent, wide-eyed nature columnist thrust into the role of war correspondent. Sent to cover a revolution in the dusty African republic of Ishmaelia, Boot encounters no actual fighting but a veritable army of eccentrics: feckless journalists, devious government ministers, and scheming ex-pats. Most importantly, he becomes captivated by Kätchenthe beautiful but fickle wife of a wayward geologistwho clearly has an agenda of her own.
Run Time:233 minutes
Number of discs:2
Color or B&W:Color
For A Handful of Dust:
"Provocative"Roger Ebert,Chicago Sun-Times
"The film’s delights are everywhere"Los Angeles Times
"Shrewd, mean, and funny"Entertainment Weekly
"Exceptionally well done"Entertainment Weekly