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Dorian Gray (1970)

Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray (original title)
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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Massimo Dallamano
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Cast

Cast overview:
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 Stewart Black ... James Vane
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In contemporary London, a beautiful and rich young man, Dorian Gray, loves Sybil Vane, an aspiring actress; thanks to her, he's momentarily less self-centered. He's also sitting for a portrait painted by his friend, Basil Hallward; when it's done, Dorian complains he will grow old while the painting stays unchanged. On the same night, he slaps Sybil and sends her away, then accepts the seductive offer of a party's hostess to sleep with her. The next day, the painting looks slightly older as he becomes corrupt and amoral, capable of destroying many lives inclusive Sybil's. In horror and fascination, Dorian hides away the portrait and continues a life of degradation. Over time, as the portrait becomes hideous, he's unchanged by debauched life; finally, he and Basil face the painting. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He is twenty-one. He has been twenty-one for almost a half a century.

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Country:

UK | Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

17 August 1970 (Italy) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 56499 delivered on 4-8-1970. See more »

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Version of Az élet királya (1918) See more »

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Oscar Wilde would have liked this
11 January 2001 | by rundbauchdodoSee all my reviews

Massimo Dallamano's film of Oscar Wilde's work places the story to the London of the 1960s. Even though many reviews obviously didn't like this and wrote rather negative about the film, I think the story works surprisingly well.

Helmut Berger is excellent and undeniably gorgeous as the (in the end tragic) title character, but also the other actors deliver their best. Especially Herbert Lom as Henry Wotton acts absolutely great, and most of the women are not only very pretty, but also deliver convincing performances.

All in all, "Dorian Gray" surely is the most unusual film version of the writing, it is rather drama than horror, but that's what Oscar Wilde's work is too, isn't it? I guess that Oscar Wilde would have liked this.


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