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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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Storyline

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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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

17 August 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dorian Gray See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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 Take Off (1978) See more »

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Great version of a familiar tale
22 September 2006 | by ThomascoSee all my reviews

I enjoyed seeing this on TV over the years. It is typical of pictures that came out during that time period. No not all were perfect with exquisite editing or immaculate soundtrack and how all the modern critics insist a picture must be perfect or you may not like it. Wrong. It is art and a story is told and some B-grade films enjoy tremendous adoration. I like how this showed the guy as basically decadent and wanting to have his fun and all the props are contemporary so the film is a wonderful time capsule. The target audience would seem to be men IMHO. I recommend you watch it, should it ever come on TV where you live, but I doubt it will ever be released to DVD.

The film is an easy, relaxed film, enjoyable to watch, and captures the essence of the idea well -- the question is whether you will ever be able to see it. These old gems are hard to find.


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