The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

DVD - 2008
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Dorian Gray is an innocent young man who has his portrait painted by a close friend. Soon after he falls under the influence of amoral Lord Henry Wotton. Dorian soon jilts his fiancee, which leads to her suicide. This is the start of a life of increasing debauchery. Dorian realizes that the outward signs of this are apparent only in the portrait. Eventually the picture, secreted in his childhood playroom, becomes almost hideous to behold. But Dorian still has one pure love - Gladys, the niece of the original painter.

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EvanSchoenfeld
Oct 01, 2017

There are a lot of things well done about ‘Picture.’ Concerns with art and mysterious Eastern lore are influences that Victorians thought would drag respectable people down to a seamy underworld of drugs, murder and vices that go unnamed in this 1945 film. Just so it was with Dorian: QED. I wish there was more visual unity, however. The original portrait as Basil painted it looks fairly accomplished. That we are eventually shown a monstrosity is fine, but the level of technical ability deteriorated in a way I find disturbing. Angela Lansbury and George Sanders are great. Peter Lawford is fun in a smaller role.

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ba_library
Sep 29, 2017

I have never read the book written by Oscar Wilde. A young man has his portrait painted but the image reflects his corrupt life and his soulless existence. Dorian never seems to age, but the portrait grows more hideous every year – have his evil deeds been captured and reflected in the ever changing painting? A very young Angela Lansbury is his first victim. Not action packed, made in 1945, interesting if you have not read the book, probably more interesting if you have read the book!

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Onewhoissaved
Sep 13, 2013

This is one of the best acted films from any generation. Today's gay leaning entertainment media would never allow the production of Dorian Gray as it was originally written, and that was written by one of the most flaming homosexuals of British heritage. George Sanders should have received an Academy Award for this role. Sadly the man portraying Dorian Gray, Hurd Hatfield, was just a one performance notable and never ever succeeded in any other role to a anyone's applause. But in the film Hatfield seems to perfect. Angela Landsbury is also wonderful as the tragic suicide victim who first falls victim to the lusts and depravity of Dorian Gray.

susienor Sep 21, 2012

I appreciate this movie not having graphic scenes of all the vices Dorian cultivated. As Oscar Wilde did not choose—the reason being irrelevant—to write graphically, I can’t see a need to depict Dorian’s vices in a movie. We are not less smart than the Victorians and if they were able to understand the plot, so should we! Very interesting version, worth watching.

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