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Dorian Gray (2009)

R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Thriller  |  9 September 2009 (UK)
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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.

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A naïve young man. A lovelorn artist. A corruptible Lord. A deal with the Devil. It all paints a dark picture of a Victorian London and how the rich and infamous party at their peril. Here, the telling of time and its consequence of experience for life's treasures' takes its toll on the body, mind and soul. The haunting and bleak tale of power, greed, vanity and inevitable self-destruction is ever present amongst the deceit, opium dens and sin. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Forever Young. Forever Cursed.


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Rated R for sexual content including nudity, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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El retrato de Dorian Gray  »

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£883,148 (UK) (11 September 2009)

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£2,819,663 (UK) (9 October 2009)
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Colin Firth and Emilia Fox, who play a married couple in this film, also starred as family members in the 1995 BBC Production of Pride and Prejudice (1995); only in that film, they were siblings. See more »

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After receiving the personalized cigarette box Dorian says "Thank you Harry". The character's name is Henry. However, both Harry and Henry are considered alternative versions of the same name. See more »

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Lord Henry Wotton: What are you?
Dorian Gray: I am what *you* made me! I lived the life that you preached... but never dared practice. I am everything, that you were too afraid to be.
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Enjoyable Version of Oscar Wilde's Novel
30 April 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After the death of his grandfather, the naive and pure Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) returns to the Victorian London, where he befriends the talented painter Basil Hallward (Ben Chaplin) and the corrupt Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firth). Basil paints Dorian's portrait and gives the beautiful painting to him while Henry corrupts his mind and soul telling that Dorian should seek pleasure in life. Dorian makes a deal with the devil, trading his soul to keep his beauty and youth, while his picture ages and displays the effects of his corrupt life. He leaves his fiancée Sibyl Vane (Rachel Hurd-Wood) that is pregnant and commits suicide and lives a self-destructive life of orgies and drugs. Dorian Gray travels abroad for many years and when he returns to London, his friends are aged while he is still the same. When Dorian meets Henry's daughter Emily Wotton (Rebecca Hall), they fall in love with each other and Dorian wants to revert his life. However it is too late for salvation and his soul that is trapped in the painting is doomed.

"Dorian Gray" is an enjoyable version of Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. When I was a teenager, this novel was one of my favorites; I do not recall details of the book, but I liked this adaptation a lot that has a wonderful cinematography, great acting and a good screenplay. The relationship of Dorian and Sybil should be longer and better developed, but to adapt a novel to the screen, it is necessary to have the capability of being concise and the screenplay writer never disappoints. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Retrato de Dorian Gray" ("The Picture of Dorian Gray")


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