In 1930s London, Gordon Comstock is the star copywriter of an illustrious London advertising firm. When he impulsively quits his job to write poetry and be a "free man," Rosemary despairs of ever persuading Gordon to marry her and settle down. When Gordon comes to realize that true happiness is in the heart, Rosemary triumphs, but not before Orwell affectionately lampoons the ironies and hypocrisies within us all.
Skillfully adapted from George Orwell's satirical 1936 novel, "Keep the Aspidistra Flying," this witty period piece, set in 1930's London, follows the descent into poverty of Gordon Comstock (Hugh Grant), a successful London ad man who quits his copywriting job to be a full-time poet. The subjects skewered include young artists with delusions of grandeur and snobbish aristocrats with Socialist pretensions. Helena Bonham Carter is Gordon's sweetheart who patiently waits out a narcissistic seizure that Mr. Grant portrays with an engaging comic buoyancy. Stephen Holden
1998-08-28 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Bolse Vita