English author Evelyn Waugh’s conversion to Catholicism in 1930 was as big a news item in its day as Tom Cruise’s Oprah-couch moment professing love (to a woman) was in ours. It made the newspaper. I don’t need to remind you of TomKat’s fate; but unlike that ill-fated union, Waugh departed this life dedicated to his religion. What’s the connection, beyond Oprah and her book club? For me it’s the subtext of homosexuality and the belief in a higher power that endures in our culture. And in Julian Jarrold’s BRIDESHEAD REVISITED — airing Sunday at 8P — the elephant in Waugh’s novel is handled as tenderly as possible.
This week on Sundance Channel, we’ve got samplings of culture from Germany, Belgium, and New York City. With the exception of THE WAVE, most of these indulge a lighter side: just what we need in the dark days ahead. We’ve got something for every one, from MAN ON WIRE to a period romance with bisexual undertones.