By Amy Jackson
Something is definitely going on. Despite the midnight dreary weather, sunny faces are everywhere on campus. Could it be? Dare we hope? Yes, the blessed days have arrived. It’s HERE! Our holiday in shining armor has arrived to free us! It’s already perfuming the air and sending hearts aflutter with anticipation. What is a girl to do with such a wonderful annual inheritance? Have fun, sleep late, and party. If you’re just interested in looking at the inside of your home here are three films to keep you company.
If you would like to visit New York City, Italy, and bygone eras of England proceed to the cinematic world of Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Duchess, and Brideshead Revisited. Confessions of a Shopaholic won’t disappoint. It was a delicious confection of comedy with a dash of romance and Hugh Dancy is adorable with his a British accent! The Duchess is a hauntingly beautiful film drenched in rich emotions, style, and elegance exhibited by Keira Knightly. It’s a must see film starring one of the greatest actress of our time. Brideshead Revisited is a decadent love story of betrayal. It is also a film about the heart’s desires. And sometimes the heart’s desires are a guise for greed. Each lovely film strums the heart in a different manner. All three films are out now on DVD. Enjoy! P.S. Bon Voyage.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is like a flashback to a young Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker). Confessions of a Shopaholic is a young woman’s coming age story based loosely on a novel by Sophie Kinsella. In the film, Rebecca Bloomwood wants to someday own a “magic card” (a credit card). She does get this wish and owns several. This leads to her financial problems which from that point forward drives the whole plot. Rebecca covets a green scarf in a shop window and thinks it would impress the editor-in-chief of Alette magazine. Rebecca works for a gardening magazine and would like to work for Alette magazine (a faux Vogue). She doesn’t have enough money to pay for the scarf and the sales girl won’t hold it. So she runs to a hot dog stand and offers to buy all of the hot dogs in order to get change. Enters Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) gives Rebecca $20. When she does finally arrive for the interview the job has been given to Alicia Billington (Leslie Bibb). The receptionist advises her to attend an interview at Successful Saving (ironically enough a finical magazine). Rebecca realizes the $20 guy is the same man interviewing her. The interview doesn’t go well. She returns home and she her friend Suze Cleath- Stuart (Kyrsten Ritter) drunkenly write letters to both Alette and Successful Saving, but she gets the letters confused. Luke Brandon decides to give her a job anyway. A cashmere coat becomes Rebecca’s muse. She writes a wonderful column using the pseudonym “the girl in the green scarf.” Luke is very impressed with her work. Eventually her erratic spending catches up with her in the form of the film’s main antagonist Derek Smeathe (Robert Stanton) who she said was a stalker. And true to the chick-lit standard she loses everyone and goes through a reflection period. She changes and everybody gets what they want.
The Duchess is based on the life of Georgiana Spencer (Keira Knightly). Georgiana becomes the Duchess of Devonshire after she marries the Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes). The Duke is unfaithful to Georgiana. He conducts an affair with her best friend Lady Bess Foster (Hayley Atwell), who lives with them because her husband is abusive. Georgiana falls in love with Earl Grey (Dominic Cooper) the future Prime Minister of England. From the very start their love is doomed. Georgiana and Earl Grey have a daughter (Eliza Courtney) whom she was forced to give away. The Duchess of Devonshire’s spends most of her life terribly unhappy. Lady Bess Foster and the Duke continue their affair for the rest of the Duchess’s life. Albeit, the time she was heavily involved in politics. She was the English equivalence of France’s Marie Antoinette (tragic royal figures). The Duchess and Marie Antoinette were both in debt and were style icons of their era. The film is based upon Georgiana Cavendish’s biography written by Susanne Bier (Princess Diana is a distant relative).
Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) is studying history at the University of Oxford. While there, he meets Lord Sebastian Flyte (Ben Winshaw) who is attracted to Ryder. Sebastina decides to take Charles Ryder to meet his nanny. Charles is enchanted by the grandiosity of the Marchmain family estate also known as Brideshead. The inhabitants of Brideshead fascinate Charles. Charles falls in love with Julia Marchmain (Hayley Atwell) Sebastian’s sister. Sebastian is jealous of Charles and Julia’s love and breaks off the friendship between himself and Charles. Lady Marchmain (Emma Thompson) however, makes it very clear to Charles he can never marry Julia because he is an atheist. Sebastian makes a fool of himself at Julia’s engagement party to Rex Mottram (Jonathan Cake). Lady Marchmain blames Charles and forbids him to ever return to Brideshead. Sebastian exiles himself in Morocco. Charles goes to Morocco to bring Sebastian home, but finds him in the hospital. Sebastian is too ill to travel. Years later Charles and Julia (both married) meet and rekindle their love. After leaving their spouses Julia and Charles live for sometime in Italy. Eventually the couple returns Brideshead. Charles demands that Rex gives Julia a divorce. Rex agrees, but in return wants two of Charles’ paintings. Julia over hears this and is heartbroken. A dying Lord Marchmain and his mistress Cara comes to Brideshead so he can die in his former home. After her father’s death, Julia and Charles part. During World War II, Charles returns once more to Bridehead’s and learns that Julia is serving in the reserves and Bridey is killed during The Blitz. In the family chapel a single candle is burning. It appears that Charles is going to extinguish it but does not. When he leaves the candle is still burning.