In Victorian London, a beautiful young man is given a portrait of himself by an admiring artist. Soon after this, he treats a young woman cruelly and then notices that his portrait seems to... See full summary »
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In 1886, in the Victorian London, the corrupt Lord Henry Wotton meets the pure Dorian Gray posing for talented painter Basil Hallward. Basil paints Dorian's portrait and gives the beautiful painting and an Egyptian sculpture of a cat to him while Henry corrupts his mind and soul telling that Dorian should seek pleasure in life. Dorian wishes that his portrait could age instead of him. Dorian goes to a side show in the Two Turtles in the poor neighborhood of London and he falls in love with the singer Sibyl Vane. Dorian decides to get married with her and tells to Lord Henry that convinces him to test the honor of Sibyl. Dorian Gray leaves Sibyl and travels abroad and when he returns to London, Lord Henry tells him that Sibyl committed suicide for love. Along the years, Dorian's friends age while he is still the same, but his picture discloses his evilness and corruptive life. Can he still have salvation or is his soul trapped in the doomed painting? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Angela Lansbury lost the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress to Anne Revere, who played her stalwart mother in the cherished family adventure, National Velvet (1944), a film in which Lansbury was assigned what she long considered a secondary role. See more »
At approximately 34:35 into the film, the time on the clock in the room suddenly changes from just after 2 o'clock to 3 o'clock. Then at approximately 37:00 it moves back to 2:05 and then to 2:09 as Dorian continues to play the piano. See more »
Lord Henry Wotton:
I'm analyzing women at present. The subject is less difficult than I was led to believe. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.
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Excellent dramatization with stunning cinematography and haunting direction
This is one of the ten best examples of black and white cinematography to come out of Hollywood - shot after shot superbly composed and with extraordinary use of deep focus, allowing objects and people at a distance to comment visually on the mid and foreground. It is a haunting tale of morality, license and responsibility. Dorian is an innocent until prompted to experience all avenues of life, good and bad. His wish to never grow old is a vain one and vanity coupled with self-absorption prompt his downfall. Hatfield gives a quiet, self-contained performance. Sanders talks far too fast, dropping Wildisms as if he were hurrying through a list of them to get to dinner, and although his Wildean character is important to the plot, one wishes he took more time in his dialogue delivery. There are mere hints at Gray's homosexuality being the core of why he is shunned as a corruption and a corrupting influence. Although Lansbury is quite fine as his first conquest, Sibyl Vane, she is on screen for only a few scenes and in my mind, does not warrant either the Oscar nom nor the Golden Globe win as Best Supporting Actress. The stunning Art Direction (all classic and empire lines contrasting with the Victorian frou frou elsewhere) deserved its Oscar nom and the brilliant cinematography well deserved its Academy Award. The superbly atmospheric musical score never insinuates itself, it merely comments quietly on what is taking place with motif references - it too deserved Oscar recognition of some sort. This is a must-see - one of the great films - psychologically deep and both dramatically and visually sumptuous.
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