THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY ; ALL REGION ASIAN IMPORT DVD
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Dorian's misdeeds are only hinted at, and leaaves the viewer to guess how awful they may be, which gives more scope for imagination, rather than giving all the explicit detail that more modern interpretations have done.
Angela Lansbury is the picture of innocence, as the music hall singer of 'Goodbye Little Yellow Bird', who is shattered when Dorian rejects her on the advice of Lord Henry. It is the first step on the road to ruin for Dorian.
Though the sound is a little quiet, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, which I have always wanted in my collection.
Book/film differences in short: Sybil is here a gifted dance-hall singer and not an actress, which necessitates changing the reason for Dorian to break up with here. The novel has no reference to Dorian being painted with an Egyptian goddess shaped like a cat who could grant his wish, as the film has. Henry's final speech to Dorian Gray in the novel about the soul being non-material but corruptible is one he claims to have heard from a street-preacher. In the film, Dorian hears these words himself from a street-preacher. Dorian's final marriage before his death is to a parson's daughter in the novel; In the film, it is to Basil Hallward's niece, Gladys, who had a childhood crush on Dorian.
Besides that, the film is one I loved. For those who like Dorian, go see it.
Dorian Gray of Mayfair and Selby.
Oscar Wilde's Faustian tale about a young Victorian gentleman who sells his soul to retain his youth, is given a magnificent make-over by MGM. Pumping into it a budget reputedly of $2 million, the look and feel is perfect for this macabre observation of vanity, greed and self destruction. In many ways it's still an under valued movie, mainly because there will always be Wilde purists who think it lacks the writer's poetic spikiness. While horror fans quite often venture into the picture expecting some sort of violent classic ripe with sex, drugs and debauchery unbound.
Lewin crafts his film in understated manner, never allowing the themes in the source material to become overblown just for dramatic purpose. He cloaks it all with an atmosphere of eeriness, keeping the debasing nature of Dorian Gray subdued. The horror aspects here mostly are implied or discussed in elegantly stated conversations, the horror in fact is purely in the characterisation of Dorian himself, we really don't need to see actual things on screen, we are urged to be chilled to the marrow by his mere presence, which works because Lewin has personalised us into this man's sinful descent by way of careful pacing and character formation.Read more ›
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Simply great! Another modern classic in the home collection!
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Got this for a highly critical 85 year old. Pleased to say it passed with flying colours. DVD worked perfectly.Published on 21 May 2014 by sandycam