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Dorian Gray -- Dorian Gray arrives in London and quickly becomes drawn into a world of debauchery by his friend Lord Henry Wotton. Bewitched by an exquisite portrait, Dorian trades his soul for eternal youth – leading him down a path of horror, wickedness and murder.
Dorian Gray -- A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.
Dorian Gray -- Dorian Gray arrives in London and quickly becomes drawn into a world of debauchery by his friend Lord Henry Wotton. Bewitched by an exquisite portrait, Dorian trades his soul for eternal youth – leading him down a path of horror, wickedness and murder.
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Writers:
Oscar Wilde (novel)
Toby Finlay (written by)
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Release Date:
9 September 2009 (Ireland) See more »
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Forever Young. Forever Cursed.
Plot:
A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Ben Barnes ... Dorian Gray

John Hollingworth ... Patrol Policeman
Cato Sandford ... Rent Boy

Pip Torrens ... Victor

Fiona Shaw ... Agatha

Ben Chaplin ... Basil Hallward

Caroline Goodall ... Lady Radley

Maryam d'Abo ... Gladys

Michael Culkin ... Lord Radley

Colin Firth ... Lord Henry Wotton

Emilia Fox ... Lady Victoria Wotton
Nathan Rosen ... Young Dorian

Jeff Lipman ... Lord Kelso (as Jeffrey Lipman Snr)
Louise Kempton ... Prostitute

Douglas Henshall ... Alan Campbell

Rachel Hurd-Wood ... Sibyl Vane

Johnny Harris ... James Vane
George Potts ... Photographer
Grant Cook ... Pimp

David Sterne ... Theatre Manager

Louise Rose ... Angelique
Aewia Huillet ... Elisa
Lisa Marie Cooke ... Beautiful Girl

Jo Woodcock ... Celia Radley
Robert Johnston ... Opera Singer

Max Irons ... Lucius
Julian Birch ... Locksmith
Lily Garrett ... Young Emily Wotton

Rebecca Hall ... Emily Wotton
Kit Derbyshire ... Guy Fawkes Child
Seon Rogers ... Hobo
Emily Phillips ... Alice Radley
Tina Rath ... Spitting Whore
Guillaume Grange ... Ratcatcher

Hugh Ross ... Priest
Andrew Harrison ... House Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mike Archer ... War Veteran (uncredited)
Andrew Care ... Wotton Servant (uncredited)
Salo Gardner ... Slum down and out (uncredited)
Chris Jameson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Noli McCool ... Jj (uncredited)

João Costa Menezes ... Soldier (uncredited)

Daniel Newman ... Michael Radley (uncredited)

Geoff Searle ... 1916 Soldier (uncredited)

Tallulah Sheffield ... Caroline Bennett (uncredited)
Leonard Silver ... Tailor (uncredited)

Jules T. Smith ... Rent Boy 2 (uncredited)

Michael Thomson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Paul Warren ... Tea Wagon Owner (uncredited)
Simon John Wilson ... Upper-Class Man (uncredited)

Christian Wolf-La'Moy ... Luggage Porter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Oliver Parker 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Toby Finlay  written by
Oscar Wilde  novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

Produced by
Paul Brett .... executive producer
Mark Brooke .... executive producer (as Mark A. Brooke)
Simon Fawcett .... executive producer
Alexandra Ferguson .... co-producer
James Hollond .... executive producer
Xavier Marchand .... executive producer
Sophie Meyer .... associate producer
Charles Miller Smith .... executive producer
Tim Smith .... executive producer
James Spring .... executive producer
Barnaby Thompson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Charlie Mole 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Guy Bensley 
 
Casting by
Lucy Bevan 
 
Production Design by
John Beard 
 
Art Direction by
Rod McLean 
 
Set Decoration by
Niamh Coulter 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
 
Makeup Department
Kevin Alexander .... hair stylist
Kevin Alexander .... makeup artist
Jane Body .... additional hair stylist
Jane Body .... additional makeup artist
Tamsin Dorling .... additional hair stylist
Tamsin Dorling .... additional makeup artist
Hilary Haines .... additional hair stylist
Hilary Haines .... additional makeup artist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Paula Price .... hair stylist
Alex Rouse .... wigmaker
Loulia Sheppard .... additional hair stylist
Loulia Sheppard .... additional makeup artist
Lesley Smith .... hair stylist
Lesley Smith .... makeup artist
Tracey Wells .... additional hair stylist
Tracey Wells .... additional makeup artist
Julia Wilson .... additional hair stylist
Julia Wilson .... additional makeup artist
Jeremy Woodhead .... hair designer
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup designer
Sidony Etherton .... daily makeup trainee (uncredited)
Duncan Jarman .... prosthetic sculptor (uncredited)
Heather Manson .... makeup artist trainee: crowd (uncredited)
Paul Mooney .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Linda Deacy .... post-production supervisor
Eddie Folcarelli .... unit manager
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Tim Wellspring .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Chasey .... second assistant director: crowd
Christopher Newman .... first assistant director (as Chris Newman)
Samantha Smith .... second assistant director
Carly Taverner .... third assistant director
Catherine Tyler .... third assistant director: crowd
Dan Channing-Williams .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dave Abbott .... supervising carpenter
Will Ayres .... additional prophand
Graham Barford .... carpenter
Keith Batterbee .... stand-by rigger
Louise Begbie .... graphic artist
Paul Benney .... art consultant
Paul Benney .... artist: original portrait of 'Dorian Gray'
Callum Bohan .... stagehand
Dan Bryant .... dressing propman
Rosie Jo Chambers .... additional buyer
James Collins .... assistant art director
Stephen Conway .... additional prophand (as Steve Conway)
Paul Couch .... painter
Chris Cull .... property master
Melloney Cunnell .... set decorating assistant
Sean Downey .... chargehand
Jonathan Downing .... additional prophand
James Enright .... model maker
Glyn Evans .... painter
Eddie Farrell .... carpenter
Steve Fitzpatrick .... additional rigger
Matthew Foster .... additional prophand (as Matt Foster)
Scott Gill .... hod rigger
Louis Glickman .... additional prophand
Nick Goodall .... carpenter
Mark Goodman .... standby stagehand
Peter Grove .... carpenter (as Peter Groves)
David Haberfield .... chargehand painter (as Dave Haberfield)
John Heayn .... carpenter
Terry Heggarty .... stand-by painter
George Hobbs .... additional rigger
Oliver Howlett .... plasterer
Peter James .... stand-by art director
Ben Johnson .... dressing propman
David Lowery .... chargehand carpenter
Simon Marjoram .... carpenter
Thomas Martin .... construction manager (as Tom Martin)
Dan Maslen .... storyboard artist
John McGee .... stand-by carpenter
Tony Moore .... additional rigger
Peter Mounsey .... painter
Desmond O'Boy .... stagehand (as Des O'Boy)
Daniel O'Regan .... carpenter (as Danny O'Regan Snr.)
Graham Pearce .... painter (as Graham Pearse)
Graham Petherick .... additional rigger
Adrian Platt .... additional prophand
Darren Reynolds .... additional prophand
Mark Richards .... stand-by rigger
William Richards .... stand-by rigger (as Bill Richards)
Simon Riley .... prop hand
Tom Roberts .... standby propman
Zoe Smith .... production buyer
David Stapleton .... painter
Rob Sutton .... carpenter (as Robert Sutton)
Mark Thomas .... construction rigger
Rebecca Thomas .... junior draughtsman (as Becky Thomas)
Steve Transfield .... supervising plasterer (as Steve Tranfield)
Lloyd Vincent .... standby propman
Daniel Watts .... plasterer
Stephen Watts .... plasterer
Matt Whelan .... carpenter (as Matthew Whelan)
Paul Whitelock .... painter
Stuart Willis .... stagehand
Alan Wilson .... chargehand stagehand
Billy Wilson .... additional prophand
Paul Wiltshire .... supervising painter
Lee Wiseman .... prop hand
Colin Woodbridge .... carpenter
Sophie Worley .... art department assistant
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter (uncredited)
Richard Hawkyard .... props (uncredited)
Kristyan Mallett .... concept artist (uncredited)
Rosie Rose .... assistant buyer (uncredited)
Cosmo Sarson .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Anthony Szuch .... drapes master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jezz Bradbury .... sound sync operator: digital intermediate
Jeremy Brown .... cableman
Gareth Bull .... sound re-recording mixer
Jon Callanan .... sound sync operator: digital intermediate
Darren Compton .... sound sync operator: digital intermediate
Peter Eusebe .... sound maintenance engineer
Samir Foco .... sound effects editor
Arthur Graley .... foley editor
Mark Holding .... sound mixer
Max Hoskins .... supervising sound editor
Andrea King .... foley artist
Adam Mendez .... foley recordist
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Richard Straker .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Whittaker .... sound design editor
James Wichall .... assistant sound editor
Hallam Smallpeice .... sound editor (uncredited)
Michael Wabro .... temp sound mixer (uncredited)
Mike Wood .... sound re-recording mixer: temp mix (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Jan Staines .... special effects technician
Jamie Weguelin .... special effects technician
James Davis III .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Paolo Acri .... compositor: MPC
Henry Badgett .... lead compositor: MPC
Bineesh .... track/matchmove artist
Janice Body .... digital restoration (as Jan Body)
Eglantine Boinet .... digital matte painter: MPC
Yanick Bourgie .... digital matte painter: MPC
Hayley Brazelton .... compositor: MPC (as Hayley Collins)
Daniel Bryant .... compositor: MPC
Naomi Butler .... prep artist: MPC
Chris Coupland .... visual effects editorial: MPC
Caroline Delen .... model/texture artist: MPC
Igor Fiorentini .... compositor: MPC
Will Fullagar .... prep artist: MPC
Marco Genovesi .... environmental artist: MPC
Ben Gillingham-Sutton .... roto prep supervisor: MPC
Charlotte Gray .... digital restoration
Crystal Hadcroft .... visual effects editorial: MPC
Charley Henley .... visual effects supervisor: MPC
Joshua Herrig .... lighting technical director: MPC (as Josh Herrig)
Alex Hislop .... matchmove artist: MPC
Emma Hulme .... digital restoration
Francesc Izquierdo .... effects technical director: MPC
Marc Jones .... matchmove artist: MPC
Peng Ke .... compositor: MPC
Douglas Larmour .... compositor: MPC (as Doug Lamour)
Kirsty Lawlor .... compositor
Matthew Lawrence .... titles animator: Rushes (as Matt Lawrence)
Laurence Lok .... compositor: MPC
Jonathan Mann .... digital restoration
Jon Miller .... matchmove supervisor: MPC (as Jonathan Miller)
Lea Morement .... visual effects editor
Victoria Mowlam .... visual effects producer: MPC
Sandra Murta .... layout artist: MPC
Leo Neelands .... digital compositor
James Purdy .... visual effects coordinator
Steven Sandles .... cloth technical director: MPC
Rahul Sharma .... digital artist
Dominic Thomson .... visual effects: digital intermediate (as Dom Thomson)
Jensen Toms .... lighting technical director: MPC
Christine Troianello .... roto/prep supervisor: MPC
Sally Wilson .... layout artist: MPC
Virginie Bourdin .... concept artist (uncredited)
Paul Campion .... concept artist: MPC (uncredited)
Oli Clarke .... layout artist: MPC (uncredited)
Christopher Davies .... render wrangler: MPC (uncredited)
Stanley A. Dellimore .... head of layout: MPC (uncredited)
Joseph Dymond .... titles compositor: Rushes (uncredited)
Ian Fallon .... render wrangler: MPC (uncredited)
Clement Gerard .... head of environment: MPC (uncredited)
Guillaume Glachant .... rotoanimator: MPC (uncredited)
Warwick Hewett .... titles coordinator: Rushes (uncredited)
Louise Hussey .... titles producer: Rushes (uncredited)
Hayden Jones .... titles compositor: Rushes (uncredited)
Howard Julian .... layout artist: MPC (uncredited)
James D. Kelly .... visual effects photographer: MPC (uncredited)
Arek Komorowski .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Duncan Lees .... head of 3d services: Plowman Craven and Associates (uncredited)
Sophie Marfleet .... roto/prep artist (uncredited)
Sankarasubramanian .... prep artist (uncredited)
Giuseppe Tagliavini .... digital compositor: MPC (uncredited)
Sukumaran Lalithambika Vijin .... roto artist (uncredited)
Morgan Yon .... concept artist: MPC (uncredited)
Dan Zelcs .... character td: MPC (uncredited)
 
Stunts
George Cottle .... stunt performer
Seon Rogers .... stunt coordinator
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Roy Weatherley .... wire man
Andy Butcher .... horseman (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Branch .... additional electrician
Dave Brennan .... electrician
Paul Cronin .... additional electrician: Canada
Chris Dickinson .... additional electrician
Aaron Douglas .... crane technician
Graham Driscoll .... additional electrician
Danny Espi .... practical electrician
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Stephen Finch .... electrician
Neil Flaherty .... additional clapper loader
Guy Frost .... additional focus puller
Steve Hideg .... crane technician
Simon Hume .... focus puller
Sacha Jones .... clapper loader
David Keadell .... additional electrician
Paul Kelly .... additional electrician
Martin Kenzie .... director of photography: second unit
Giles Keyte .... still photographer
Chris Knoll .... additional electrician
Susan MacDonald .... additional clapper loader
Susan MacDonald .... camera trainee
Billy Merrell .... additional electrician
Richard Merrell .... rigging
Rupert Morency .... trainee grip
Julian Morson .... camera operator
Ronan Murphy .... key grip
Scott Parker .... additional electrician
Tim Phillips .... clapper loader
George Powell .... crane technician
Geoff Read .... additional electrician
Sam Renton .... focus puller
Terence Roberts .... generator operator: second unit
Ron Shane .... practical electrician
Tony Skinner .... additional electrician
Terry Stone .... additional electrician
Carsten Thoms .... balloon technician
Andy Thomson .... crane technician (as Andy Thompson)
Toby Tyler Jr. .... additional electrician
Toby Tyler .... additional electrician (as David 'Toby' Tyler)
Jack Warrender .... video playback operator
George White .... additional electrician (as George While)
Steve Wood .... electrician
Daniel-Konrad Cooper .... video assist operator: dailies (uncredited)
Steve Fitzpatrick .... rigger (uncredited)
Darren Flindall .... rigger (uncredited)
Ingo Gardner .... balloon light technician (uncredited)
Ginger McCarthy .... electrical rigger (uncredited)
Julian Morson .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Kat Spencer .... daily clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Alice Searby .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Avery .... additional costume assistant
Ellen Claridge .... costume assistant
Angela Egan .... principal costume standby
Nigel Egerton .... additional costume assistant
Laura Ergis .... wardrobe mistress
Charlotte Espiner .... additional costume runner
Brendan Handscombe .... principal costume standby
Claire Hardaker .... costume design assistant
Mike Hodge .... additional costume assistant
Eleanor Landgrebe .... costume runner
Catherine Lovett .... additional costume assistant
Ashwin Makan .... additional costume assistant (as Ashwin Gordon Makan)
William McPhail .... costume supervisor
Calandra Meredith .... additional costume assistant
Heidi Miller .... additional costume assistant
Louise Mills .... additional workroom/craft assistant
Jackie Moody .... additional costume assistant
Shirley Nevin .... additional costume assistant
Adrian Simmons .... additional costume assistant
Susan Smith .... additional costume assistant (as Susan Adams)
Sadie Tilbury .... workroom/craft assistant
Amanda Trewin .... additional costume assistant
Justine Warhurst .... additional costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Matt Adams .... digital intermediate consultant
Cherri Arpino .... rushes project manager
Matthew Benns .... digital intermediate data manager
Matthew Bristowe .... digital intermediate producer
Dan Dolan .... digital scanning and recording
Paul Ensby .... digital intermediate colorist
Stephen Garrett .... digital intermediate editor
Dave Lawrence .... digital intermediate tk operator
Scott Liddle .... digital scanning and recording
Begoña Lopez .... digital intermediate producer
Lea Morement .... first assistant editor
Damien Pawle .... editing trainee
Ben Setterfield .... digital scanning and recording
 
Music Department
Darrell Alexander .... score coordinator
Gilad Atzmon .... musician: clarinet
Paul Clarvis .... musician: percussion
Stephanie Gonley .... orchestra leader
Nick Holland .... musician: electric cello
Alastair King .... conductor
Alastair King .... orchestrator
Roberto Manes .... musician: solo violin
David Munday .... musician: guitar (as Dave Munday)
Clare Salaman .... musician: hurdy gurdy
Marios Takoushis .... musician: solo piano
Eliza Thompson .... score producer
Toby Wood .... music engineer
John Barrett .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Patrick Savage .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Marios Takoushis .... composer assistant (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
George Andrews .... additional unit driver
Kevin Bennett .... driver: minibus
Lennox Brisport .... driver: minibus
Symon Butcher .... unit driver
Matt Crowley .... unit driver
Allison Drury .... driver: minibus (as Alison Drury)
Jeff Edwards .... facilities coordinator
George Green .... driver: camera car
Tim Hambley .... unit driver
Rob Hempenstall .... unit driver
Derek Hughes .... additional unit driver
Alan Jones .... driver: costume truck
Marin Marinov .... additional unit driver
Phil Matthews .... driver: production office truck
David Murray .... additional unit driver
Michael Payne .... unit driver
Lea Robinson .... driver: minibus (as Lee Robinson)
Ian Yea .... driver: make-up truck
Tony Power .... driver: construction department (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sarah Alexander .... assistant: Barnaby Thompson and James Spring, Ealing Studios
Aaron Anderson .... creative coordinator: UK Film Council
Hannah Andrews .... additional floor runner
Nick Atkinson .... creative editor: UK Film Council
Steven Barnet .... catering manager: Bon Appetit
Roy Borrett .... utility stand-in
Emily Bradshaw .... administration: Prescience
Natalie Brenner .... head of sales: Ealing Studios International
Kate Brontë-Stewart .... additional floor runner (as Kate Bronte-Stewart)
Mitchell Brown .... head chef: Bon Appetit
Anwen Bull .... script supervisor
Jane Burton .... financial accountant: Prescience
Andy Butcher .... horse trainer
Neil Calder .... completion bond: Film Finances
Katie Campbell .... assistant: Barnaby Thompson and James Spring, Ealing Studios
Sally Caplan .... head of premiere fund: UK Film Council
Isabel Chick .... production accountant: Prescience
Hannah Collett .... production coordinator
Matt Curtis .... title design: main and end titles
Rebecca Davis .... assistant location manager
Matt Dempsey .... assistant to choreographer
Joe Downs .... accounts assistant
Jon Duncan .... production accountant
Dan Edwards .... kitchen assistant: Bon Appetit
Tom Elgar .... rushes projectionist
Lucinda Englehart .... representative: Aramid
John Ensby .... lab contact
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Michael Geary .... supplier: picture vehicles, Motorhouse
Simon George .... head of finance: Ealing Studios
Gwen Griffiths .... animal wrangler
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Natasha Hook .... unit nurse
Francesca Jaynes .... choreographer
Tabitha Jenkins .... production executive: Ealing Studios
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Julia Jones .... unit publicist
Pat Karam .... location manager
Clare Kirby .... executive assistant: Prescience (as Clare Kennedy)
Erin Lander .... floor runner
Mark Lawton .... chef: Bon Appetit
Clem Leneghan .... health and safety advisor
Will Machin .... head of distribution: Ealing Studios International
John Maloney .... location security
Cassandra Manita .... legal services: Prescience, Harbottle & Lewis
Nichola Martin .... development executive: Ealing Studios
Simon Mills .... production assistant
Paul Morris .... floor runner
Alan Moss .... legal services: Prescience, Harbottle & Lewis
Paul Murphy .... assistant accountant
Camilla Naprous .... assistant horse master
Gerard Naprous .... horse master
John O'Sullivan .... insurance broker: Media Insurance Brokers
Abigail Payne .... legal services: Prescience, Harbottle & Lewis
Raymond Reader .... head chef: Bon Appetit (as Raymond 'Rozza' Reader)
Steve Robbins .... project finance: Prescience
Rebecca Roffey .... representative: Aramid
Bella Sabbagh .... utility stand-in
Jemma Sands .... production liaison: Prescience
Aaron Scott-Young .... utility stand-in
James Shirras .... completion bond: Film Finances
Hannah Simons .... script supervisor: second unit
Jules T. Smith .... creative executive
Andy Soane .... chef: Bon Appetit
Toby Spanton .... additional floor runner
Yu-Fai Suen .... representative: Aramid
Alice Syed .... assistant production coordinator
Justin Trefgarne .... epk
Dimitra Tsingou .... representative: Aramid
Jo Vaughan .... animal wrangler
Lucien Nunes Vaz .... rushes projectionist
Naomi Weiner .... sales coordinator: Ealing Studios International
Rob Wise .... production runner (as Robert Wise)
Rachel Woodeson .... head of business affairs: Ealing Studios
Charlotte Wright .... assistant location manager
San San F. Young .... assistant: Oliver Parker
Johnathan Abbott .... studio coordinator: Ealing Studios (uncredited)
David Blyth .... floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
Clare Brody .... data operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
Darren Helman .... location support (uncredited)
Evan Leighton-Davis .... development coordinator (uncredited)
Jon Parker .... systems development manager (uncredited)
Jean-Marc Rulier .... cyber scanning (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for sexual content including nudity, violence and some drug use
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Dorian stops in front of the theater playing "Hamlet," the barker tells him that he has only missed a little of the play, but when he goes to take his seat, it is already in Act III.See more »
Quotes:
Dorian Gray:[trying to decline women and drink at a brothel] Well, perhaps I have a stronger conscience.
Lord Henry Wotton:[dismissively] 'Conscience.' It's just a polite word for 'cowardice.' No civilized man regrets a pleasure.
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Soundtrack:
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What was the burning effigy Dorian sees as he wanders London after returning 25 years later?
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105 out of 164 people found the following review useful.
Enjoy it for what it is: A picture show and nothing more., 15 September 2009
Author: Cinema_Fan from An English Shire.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, as penned by the Irish wit Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), is a tale of high-brow debauchery and limitless pleasures of body and soul and the corruption, by one Lord Henry Wotton, of the young, handsome and soon to be narcissistic 19th century rock 'n roll hell-raiser Dorian Gray.

Ealing Studios have translated Wilde's controversial novel into a celluloid den of iniquity that somehow comes across as rather shallow. Like the characters seen here too; it seems that as a work of symbolic gesture of how the upper classes conduct their sordid lifestyle of hypocrisy, deceit and lust it lacks any deep and thoughtful intrigue that any good 19th century Gothic horror story should be.

To fully understand the ethics of a Victorian London that Oscar Wilde has so wonderfully reflected with his novel here, we see, too, with this latest interpretation using, as Wilde may have done, the picture purely as a metaphorical means. Yes, we see the selling of souls here and the lamb to the slaughter and the hedonistic teachings of Lord Wotton, but toward the end, the whole sordid affair becomes predictable.

Penned with an undercurrent of realism and too fantasy of the love of sin. It's a dark, dirty, dingy setting of a self-indulgent Victorian London that we are lead to believe is prim and proper on the surface but lurking just below this weak, temperate society lies pure greed, greed for experience, experience that will transcend the mind, body and soul to the wondrous dealings of what life has to offer. For, as always, a price, a price both Oscar Wilde and Dorian Gray would pay the highest sacrifice.

It is with a taint of sorrow that this latest performance too has paid a price too high, sensationalism over content, ironies aside, the film seems too concerned to show the sordid details of this lifestyle and its inhabitants'. It lingers on too far in the bedrooms of London and strays too far from the mental anguish that may have been. We see the trouble mind of our young (looking) man but we see not enough of his fears, regrets, sorrows and repentance, which are cast aside and squandered. Welcome to the 21st century Mr. Wilde.

By the time the chimes of time are echoing in the distance we have Dorian fading into the far reaches of the eternal abyss of the afterlife. With all the time in the world we are still wanting more to feed our palates, it's all to aesthetically pleasing, but at the same time oh so unrewarding, a taster we are given but the full flavour we are, regrettably, spared.

This too may have its target audience and in so having picked its target out it may have trouble standing the test of time, due to its lack of wit, lack of diversity and a lack of daring and commitment of its original source. It is a sad loss that such a literary work of historical meaning and wealth should have been robbed of its qualities.

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