The Line of Beauty

The Line of Beauty

DVD - 2006
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This three-part saga is set during the Thatcherite 1980s. A story of love, class, sex, and money, as seen through the eyes and experiences of a young gay man, from the euphoria of falling in love to the tragedy of AIDS.


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Oct 10, 2016

This was a bit nostalgic for me, although I'm not a gay man, I did spend a good portion of the '80s living as a lodger in the homes of wealthy London Tories. Holinghurst perfectly captures the experience of living cheek by jowl with people whose values are quite different than one's own and eventually realizing that you are living a lie. In fact all the characters are living a lie in this novel. I found the eventual comeuppance of some characters, utterly delicious, but others, not so much.

Oct 29, 2013

The miniseries form often frustrates me, stretching a simple story to great lengths, but this one kept its interest. Acting was good, especially Hayley Atwell as the desperate daughter of the corrupt politician. Read the book too, for a full portrait of England in the 80's.

jmmason Oct 24, 2011

Faithful adaptation of the Man Booker prize-winning novel by Alan Hollinghurst about the Thatcher-early AIDS years in Britain. It's a wicked pleasure if you are familiar with "Brideshead Revisited." And Margaret Thatcher. Hollinghurst is often regarded as the most prominent gay writer in the English-speaking world. This is writing and TV film-making of a higher order than typical American gay efforts. ( It's also a special delight to see the two male leads from "Beauty" turning up again in slightly different roles in a much larger house, "Downton Abbey," which boasts a nasty queer footman who could yet become a future James Bond.)

Sep 18, 2010

The main character is a young man who is openly gay, an Oxford University graduate, and the son of an antiques shop owner (he may be a gay male parallel to a young Maggie Thatcher before she became Prime Minister). While the working poor have high tea and admire imitation paintings on their walls, the rich snort cocaine and bounce disco lights off priceless originals. Regardless, AIDS fells the rich and the poor alike. This television serial (three one hour episodes) is an excellent study of loyalty, mental illness, economics, integrity, superficial relationships, and love. I believe that it will give everyone food for thought.


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