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24 April 1970 (West Germany) See more »
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A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Helmut Berger ... Dorian Gray

Richard Todd ... Basil Hallward

Herbert Lom ... Henry Wotton
Marie Liljedahl ... Sybil Vane
Margaret Lee ... Gwendolyn

Maria Rohm ... Alice Campbell
Beryl Cunningham ... Adrienne

Isa Miranda ... Mrs. Ruxton
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Esther Clouston

Renato Romano ... Alan
Stewart Black ... James Vane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renzo Marignano ... Pornografic Editor (uncredited)
Francesco Tensi ... Mr. Clouston (uncredited)
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Directed by
Massimo Dallamano 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marcello Coscia 
Massimo Dallamano 
Günter Ebert 
Oscar Wilde  novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Harry Alan Towers .... producer (as Peter Welbeck)
 
Original Music by
Peppino De Luca 
Carlos Pes 
 
Cinematography by
Otello Spila 
 
Film Editing by
Leo Jahn 
Nicholas Wentworth 
 
Art Department
Mario Ambrosino .... construction foreman
 
Other crew
Karlheinz Brunnemann .... dialogue director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
Portugal:88 min (cut version) | USA:93 min | UK:101 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »

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Richard Todd has said in interviews he had no idea this film was semi porno until he discovered it was playing at a well known Porn Cinema in London.See more »
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References The Lustful Turk (1968)See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Memorable because it's so trashy, 9 April 2008
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

Once you see DORIAN GRAY you can't forget it. It's an updated version of the famous story, updated for the swinging 60s/70s which today is now outdated, which only adds to its many memorable aspects.

There's no point of giving a brief synopsis of the story as we all know it's about a man who remains perpetually young while a painting of himself ages in the attic. But what's really "new" or different here is the tone. It's trashy or should I say Eurotrashy. Helmut Berger plays Dorian Gray as a bisexual jet-setter who likes to mingle with beautiful young women but also with men on the side. The moral of the story is that Dorian has no morals and Helmut is perfectly cast as Dorian.

The one big problem with this version is that it was made a bit too early in the 70s. Had this been made in the mid to late 70s, there would have been a bit more sex or violence. It was sorta ahead of its times with the lurid update of the Dorian Gray story but it could have used a bit more explicitness to make it more true to its intentions. As it is, it hints at things it almost never shows and it's just a big tease of sorts. With a bit more sex it could have enjoyed a wider success like the Emmanuelle films.

But the main reason to watch DORIAN GRAY is for Helmut. It's one of his few starring roles and he shines here as the decadent title character.

Trashy fun!

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