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Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 112 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Oliver Parker
  • Cast: Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox, Rachel Hurd-Wood

One of the main problems in this version of Oscar Wilde's only published novel is that the protagonists' moral transgressions are spelt out in a rather literal manner, and the trips to various opium houses, prostitutes and orgies, seem less than shocking. The musical score is often overblown, the cinematography more polished than genuinely atmospheric, and the effects-laden climax disappoints.

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Dorian Gray

11 Sep 20092 stars

Oscar Wilde’s only published novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is tricky to adapt cinematically, requiring a deft balance between its sparkling wit and the Faustian darkness at its core. As the author himself wrote, ‘man sees his own sins in Dorian, what…

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