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5.0 out of 5 stars Wilde (1997), 1 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Wilde [1997] [DVD] (DVD)
I was pleasantly surprised by how good this film was. It focusses an unflinching look on Wilde's relationship with Bosie. The viewer feels sympathy for both men. It doesn't paint Bosie as a horrible human being, rather he's a man who wants to love Wilde but is caught up in his own life. I was surprised by how well this movie dealt with Robbie Ross. Almost everything that deals with Wilde focusses on his relationship with Bosie, forgetting that he had other lovers and friends. It was nice to see a film address that. Stephen Frye and Jude Law both turn in fantastic performances as does Jennifer Ehle as Constance Wilde.

There is only one special feature. It's a thirty minute look into Wilde's life and adds little to the film. But if you're a fan of Frye, as I am, it's well worth watching. I could listen to him talk about anything, and he really enjoys his topic here.
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2014 12:20:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Dec 2014 12:22:05 GMT
Andre Gide says:
I agree, Wilde and Bosie ceased their physicality pretty early on. But Bosie loved mostly thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen year old schoolboys, so they couldn't have shown that as it might have given American 'liberals' a fit. As did Robbie Ross, who seduced Wilde when he was sixteen and not the twenty something depicted here.

Of course, they were withheld by the chronology of the events depicted from imparting the knowledge that Bosie later became a supporter of Nazism, though they might have thrown into the fun mix one of Oscar's recorded anti-semitic comments, or at least his well-attested misogynist remarks.

Most amusing was the idea that Wilde was conflicted about visiting prostitutes, when it was he and not really Bosie who bought prostitutes.

So, it turns out that Wilde was a bourgeouis headmaster type with liberal leanings who was secretly conflicted about his homosexuality, another falsehood, and who longed to be living as a late twentieth century Gay man. I suspect that the ideology of the participants, politically correctness and the prospect of an American market all conspired to make this a truly dishonest and, worse, patronising film.
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