Cinema: Scheming Under the Spires

PRIVILEGED Directed by Michael Hoffman

Screenplay by Michael Hoffman, David Woollcombe and Rupert Walters

Intellectual intensity, social arrogance, psychological self-absorption, sexual confusion and, above all, a ferocious literacy: if Privileged is to be believed, student life at Oxford appears to be as immutable in its ways as the university's famously dreaming spires are in theirs. It would seem from this movie that Evelyn Waugh and all the other novelists who made the world aware of what it was like to be young, gifted and absolutely tops in an elitist society could safely drop in for tea at Oriel or Balliol or any of...

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