This film version of what many consider Evelyn Waugh's finest novel is the handiwork of Derek Granger and Charles Sturridge, the producer-director team responsible for "Brideshead Revisited," the popular TV adaptation of another Waugh novel. Reteaming James Wilby and Rupert Graves, the
lovers in 1987's MAURICE, the film is mounted in lavish Merchant-Ivory fashion and re-creates the well-appointed London drawing rooms, sumptuous manor houses, and arid gentility of the British upper class circa 1932. Wilby is the lord of a gothic monstrosity in southern England called Hetton
Abbey, whose upkeep devours most of the family's resources, but which Wilby loves as dearly a...