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Picture of Dorian Gray

George Sanders , Hurd Hatfield , William Hanna , Albert Lewin    Unrated   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moral Leprosy July 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
When you think of expressionism in the movies you tend to think of the wierd angles, lighting and cutting of the German directors of the 20's and 30's. But Albert Lewin's marvelous movie adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel makes the same kind of other-wordly impact with an amazing and unsettling exaggeration of Victorian manners, morals, and architecture. The icy detachment of Gray and his friends from any emotional involvement with their surroundings heightens tremendously the impact on us of the genuinely human gestures and feelings of the other characters. This Faustian parable about a man and his graven image probably reflects Wilde's torment over whether he had sold his own soul to become an international funnyman. The whole cast is a standout but it's Lewin's picture and a total success.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LITTLE YELLOW BIRD... July 15 2002
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That's the name of the little ditty that 20 year-old Angela Lansbury chirps in this classic exursion into the macabre. Dorian Gray, a young man living in Victorian London, has his portrait painted by an artist named Basil Hallward, himself fascinated by Gray's youthful innocence. Egged on by the amoral Lord Henry, Gray manages to keep himself youthful by giving up his soul, and proceeds to indulge in a life of selfish hedonism and cruelty while through the years his face stays unnaturally young...While not a totally successful transition of Wilde's wickedly elegant novel - it's too glum and slow paced - there's much to admire in this 1945 version of the bizarre theme. Hatfield was an inspired choice for the title role, combining his handsome, ethereal face with his cool, aloof manner which perfectly suited Wilde's corrupted aristocrat. George Sanders is perfection personified playing the acidly witty and cynical Lord Henry Wotton and Angela Lansbury is memorable as the demure caberet singer Sybil Vane who meets a dark fate...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film that needs a DVD version Oct. 26 2001
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This is a wonderful film, filled with atmosphere and wonderful actors. George Sanders is outstanding as Lord Henry Wotton. Never have I heard someone make evil sound so appealing. You can just feel the blackness going into Dorian's heart as he listens to him speak his honeyed words.
Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray was the perfect choice. He has the look of someone who has been sheltered from the world. He looked untouched as he committed the evil the sealed his fate. Sanders and Hatfield were perfect together.
Angela Lansbury as Sibyl Vane has a short put very important role, you can hear her heart break when Dorian leaves her.
It is a slow and somber ride down the path to evil but that makes it so much more real.
Wonderful sets, great lighting, perfect casting, this film calls out for a DVD version stuffed with extras.
It should be done now while we still have some of the actors and crew from the film still alive.
Great film for a lonely night when the shadows are long and dark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Axolotl
Format:VHS Tape
Wonderfully suspenseful and eerily beautiful film based on Oscar Wilde's novel of the same name (well almost, instead of "picture" it's "portrait"). A (then) modern retelling of the Faust legend about an individual who barters his soul in his wish to never grow old. Hurd hatfield is obviously based on the Faust character and is appropriately cool and detached in his performance, ideally cast in the title role as the beautiful young man who makes a supernatural deal with the dark gods to always retain his physical beauty and youth while only the magnificent portrait of himself registers his aging and depravities. Solid performances also by George Sanders as the Mephistopheles character, playing (as his usual best) a jaded, amoral man of the world who leads Dorian astray with his immoral yet compelling, and seemingly reasonable philosophies on life; and Angela Lansbury is particularly touching in her subtle portrayal in the Gretchen counterpart of Sibyl Vane, the dreamy and virtuous vaudeville performer destroyed by Dorian. Peter Lawford and Donna Reed are pretty window dressing here, with their usual passive, bland acting (Reed's Alma in "From Here To Eternity" later on was a pleasant exception). Flowing direction, lovely B&W cinematography, and the beautifully dark and turbulent "Prelude" tune by Chopin make this a must-see horror/fantasy classic that's a solid film version of Wilde's literary masterpiece. This film is also a deeply disturbing and haunting cautionary parable about man's pursuit of earthly pleasures and decadence and how in the end it is no substitute for spiritual nourishment when it comes at the expense of an individual's morality and humanity--for at the end even Dorian tires of his decadence and dies reciting a prayer on his lips
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Wilde would have been proud! Sept. 27 2001
By Axolotl
Format:VHS Tape
Wonderfully suspenseful and eerily beautiful film based on Oscar Wilde's novel of the same name (well amonst, instead of "picture" its "portrait"). A modern retelling of the Faust legend about an individual who barters his soul in his wish to never grow old. Hurd Hatfield is obviously based on the Faust character and is appropriately cool and detached in his performance, ideally cast in the title role as teh beautiful young man who makes a supernatural deal with the ungodly powers that be to always retain his physical beauty and youth while only the magnificent portrait of himself registers his aging and depravities. Solid performances also by George Sanders as the Mephistopheles character, playing (as his usual best) a jaded, amoral man of the world who leads Dorian astray with his immoral yet compelling and seemingly reasonable philosophies about life; and Angela Lansbury is particularly moving in the Gretchen role as the dreamy and virtuous vaudeville performer Sibyl Vane, who is destroyed by Dorian. Peter Lawford and Donna Reed are little more than pretty window dressing here, with their usual passive, bland acting (Reed's Alma in "From Here to Eternity" was a pleasant exception). Flowing direction, lovely cinematography, and the beautifully dark and turbulent "Prelude" tune by Chopin make this a horror/fantasy classic that is a solid version of Wilde's literary masterpiece. But this is more than just an excellent otherworldly suspense; it is also a deeply disturbing cautionary tale about man's pursuit of earthly pleasures and decadence and in the end it is no substitute for spiritual nourishment when it comes at the expense of an individual's morality and humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie-watched it several times
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5.0 out of 5 stars Picture of Dorion Gray
It was many years since I had watched this film. Never thought I'd find it for me to have. It was wonderful to have found it and for the service of when I purchased and delivered... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2012 by Silvana Rossi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pecture of Dorion Gray
Anything written by Oscar Wilde is worthy of at least one Movie. This story is loaded with the wit and wisdom of the great playwright. Read more
Published on April 3 2009 by Don Madge
4.0 out of 5 stars Maintains the essence of the story
"I sent my soul through the invisible,
Some letter of that after-life to spell;
And by and by my soul returned to me,
And answered, `I myself an Heaven and... Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2007 by bernie
2.0 out of 5 stars What the...?
We had to watch this movie in my English class and it totally sucked! The music was corny and i couldn't tell what the hell was going on. Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by Nikki
4.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfection
Handsome, young and morally corrupt Dorian Gray has his portrait painted. Soon after, under the influence of the incorrigible Lord Henry Wotton, he betrays his fiancee, leading to... Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003 by A. Vegan
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
This movie was simply dreadful. Hurd Hatfield may be the most wooden actor ever to star in a movie. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2002 by Michael Hurwitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite extraordinary
This really is a quite extraordinary film - yes, Hurd Hatfield as the eponymous Dorian Grey is wooden, but in a sense this just adds to the drama. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2002 by yowlingcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Why bother with the imitators? This is THE "Dorian" movie!
I can only second what almost every other reviewer has said about this movie. The casting is impeccable (and to those who say Hurd Hatfield's performance is wooden, please bear in... Read more
Published on July 27 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Is it I? Is it I? Come reply!
Is it only I who think this movie is awful? I couldn't even finish it. About forty minutes from the end I just decided I couldn't waste forty minutes of my life finishing this... Read more
Published on July 9 2002 by J B
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