A Handful Of Dust (1988)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

United Kingdom, 1988.  Handful of Dust, Stagescreen Productions, London Weekend Television.  Screenplay by , Charles Sturridge, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The crumbling away of the aristocracy in 1930s England is the subject of this engrossing drama.  and  are excellent as a titled couple whose relationship is strained after her fling with a London boy () turns into a full-fledged affair. Add to that a death in the family and the two of them split completely from each other, she taking up residence in London with her lover and he journeying to the rugged jungles of Brazil and befriending a hermit ().

Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel has been given all the elegance it deserves, brought to life by a fantastic cast which also includes  and , and envisioned beautifully by the rich production and costume designs. The last act isn’t as juicy as it should be, and the film ends as a bit of a letdown, but it’s still a reputable production that showcases its talents well.

Academy Award NominationBest Costume Design


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