A Handful Of Dust


(out of 5)

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 class 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.

Handful of Dust, Stagescreen Productions, London Weekend Television

United Kingdom, 1988

Directed by 

Screenplay by , Charles Sturridge, , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1988

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