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Dorian (2004)

A modern retelling of the Oscar Wilde novel.

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Allan A. Goldstein
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Cast

Credited cast:
Malcolm McDowell ... Henry
Ethan Erickson ... Louis / Dorian
Victoria Sanchez ... Mariella Steiner
Ron Lea ... Detective Giatti
Jennifer Nitsch Jennifer Nitsch ... Bae
Karen Cliche ... Christine
Amy Sloan ... Sybil
Carl Alacchi ... James
Bronwen Booth Bronwen Booth ... Trina
Henri Pardo Henri Pardo ... Cop at Crime Scene
Daniella Ferrera Daniella Ferrera ... Woman #1 at Dorian's Loft (as Daniela Ferrera)
Jane McLean ... Woman #2 at Dorian's Loft
Ellen David ... Diana Baker
Christoph Waltz ... Rolf Steiner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hunter Phoenix ... Isabella
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Storyline

While temporarily working in a photographic studio with the famous photographer Bae, the simple and handsome worker Louis meets her manager Henry, who is impressed with his beauty. He invites Louis for taking some pictures, gives the artistic name of Dorian to him as a homage to "Dorian Gray" and a framed picture of him. Louis wishes to have the same fate of Dorian Gray, and from this moment on, he becomes very successful in the career of model. As years go by, he notes that only his picture ages, and he has the same face of years ago. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Beauty is only skin deep.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pact with the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Dolby Digital

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Forever young
25 January 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

The title of the movie, as shown by Showtime, the other night, was "A Pact with the Devil". It didn't ring a bell as anything seen locally in recent years. The idea of seeing a film with Malcolm McDowell in it, and nothing else worth watching in the other channels, played a trick on us. We witnessed in horror, a remake of the Oscar Wilde's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" that has nothing to do with the classic, and much better film, of 1945.

Under the direction of Allan A. Goldstein, we are taken, where else, to the world of the super models, where beauty is only skin deep. Henry, who stands as the Devil, tempts Louis into giving his soul in exchange of keeping his good looks forever, duh! Incredibly, we watch as the picture of Louis, now renamed Dorian, ages in ways that are not realistic, at all. I mean, a few wrinkles, we could understand, but making the image in the photograph, taken by Henry, a monster, is pushing reality a bit too far.

Malcom McDowell, who is an otherwise excellent actor, lends himself to this misguided attempt to retell something that was better done before and should have been left alone by the people behind this travesty.

Watch it at your own risk.


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