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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

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A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.



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Lowell Gilmore ...
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Douglas Walton ...
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Sir Robert Bentley
Lydia Bilbrook ...
Mary Forbes ...
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Sir Thomas
Moyna MacGill ...
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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

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His life was a muddy morass into which he dragged all who knew him! Such was Dorian Gray, the man who wanted eternal youth, and bartered his soul to get it! See more »


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Release Date:

3 March 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)


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1.37 : 1
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Moyna MacGill (Duchess) was the mother of Angela Lansbury (Sibyl Vane). See more »


When Sibyl Vane first catches sight of Dorian while she's performing "Goodbye, Little Yellow Bird," she momentarily stops singing, but her voice can still be heard on the soundtrack. See more »


Dorian Gray: Wait. You must not look at it.
Basil Hallward: [about to uncover his painting] Not look at my own work? You're not serious. Why shouldn't I look at it?
Dorian Gray: I don't offer any explanation and do not ask for any. But if you try to look at that picture, Basil, on my word of honor, I will never speak to you again.
Basil Hallward: What on earth is the matter with you?
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Good-Bye, Little Yellow Bird
Lyrics and Music by C.W. Murphy and William Hargreaves
Performed by Angela Lansbury
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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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