In the 1890s, famed writer Oscar Wilde embarks on a relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, despite his marriage to Constance. As their relationship creates a public scandal and feeds the outrage of Alfred's father, the Marquis of Queensberry, Wilde charges the Marquis with libel - a decision that turns against him when the Marquis' lawyer leads him to admit to his homosexuality, resulting in Wilde's own prosecution.
Theirs was a relationship the world could not - would not tolerate
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Did You Know?
This was the more modest of the two biopics of Oscar Wilde which opened in Britain, where both were made, in 1960. The two films were announced by rival companies within a few days of each other, began filming almost simultaneously, and were released in cinemas only a few days apart. This black-and-white, low-budget version made it onto the screen first, but was dismissed by most critics, and failed at the box-office. The other movie, "The Trials of Oscar Wilde
(1960)," was lavishly produced in Technicolor and Technirama and featured a star-studded cast led by Peter Finch
as Wilde. It got rave reviews, but it, too, failed financially. See more
When the Marquis of Queensberry writes his insulting note - "To Oscar Wilde, posing as a Sodomite" - the club desk clerk to whom he has given it consults a dictionary for the meaning of the word. The definition is clearly cut and pasted from another source, and in addition, it has been cut and pasted, perhaps deliberately, into the middle of the dictionary's definition for "sentimental." See more
Opening credits are shown over the background of Wilde's tomb, specifically over his name on the side of the structure. See more