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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas, nicknamed Bosie. After legal action instigated by Bosie's father, the enraged Marquise of Queensberry, Wilde refused to flee the country and was sentenced to two years at hard labor by the courts of an intolerant Victorian society. Written by
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Michael Sheen and Ioan Gruffud would go on to portray British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Sheen has played the PM three times in The Deal (2003), The Queen (2006) and The Special Relationship (2010), while Gruffud portrayed him in Oliver Stone's W. (2008). See more »
When Bosie enters Oscar's room in the country house, a picture to the left of the door reflects a studio light and later, when Bosie sits down, the boom. See more »
Robbie is Canadian. You can tell by his youth.
Have you been brought to England to mature, Mr. Ross?
That was the idea. But it doesn't seem to be working. I've lived here since I was three and you see the pitiful result.
Robbie comes from a long line of imperial governors. His grandfather was Prime Minister of Upper Canada. Or was it Lower Canada? The British take their class system wherever they go. They apply it even to continents.
Are you planning to govern a continent?
Oh, no. I don't even ...
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The credits are in the style of the black-ink drawings of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), leading artist of the Aesthetic movement and colleague of Wilde for whom he illustrated the text of "Salome" in 1894. In the opening credits the pictures reflect the character being played or suggest the role in the production team. See more »
Playwright, celebrated wit and persecuted homosexual Oscar Wilde is
excellently portrayed by Stephen Fry in this biopic but without a hint
of the expected waspishness. Instead, we see Wilde as a kindly,
sensitive, almost avuncular man. What's more surprising is the parallel
absence of manifest sordidness, self-loathing, or desperation, which
one might have assumed would have been par for the course in an age
where homosexuality was stigmatised and criminal. But as 'Wilde' tells
it, Oscar, on discovering his true nature in early middle age, then
enjoyed a number of halcyon years in a gay literary milieu, tensioned
only by the childish behaviour of his lover, Bosie, and was taken quite
by surprise when he suddenly became a figure of public scandal. Which
may have been the case, but it makes for a less pressing and gripping
drama than one might have hoped for. What's interesting is Wilde's
defence in court, which has very little to do with "normal" homosexual
behaviour or ordinary human relationships, but which rather comprised a
divine idealisation of the bond between a wise older person and a
beautiful younger one: hardly the sort of argument that gay rights
campaigners would make today. A special credit should go to the team
responsible for allowing Fry to appear so convincingly both a dashing
young twenty year old and a ruined man, on the verge of death. But this
is a mild and indulgent film.
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