“The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945)

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This dramatic, witty, and very memorable film is based on the Oscar Wilde novel of the same title.  It’s a must-see for fans of intelligent cinema!  In the opening, we meet the talkative, confidant, well-dressed Lord Henry Wooton (George Sanders), a character not unlike Wilde.  Lord Henry visits the home of his close friend Basil Hallward (Lowell Gilmore), a painter.  Basil is nearly finished with the portrait of a new, handsome young friend, Dorian Gray (Hurd Hatfield).  Basil tells Lord Henry that everyone who meets Dorian adores him, including the painter’s little niece, Gladys.

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Lord Henry admires the picture and the young man, declaring “youth and beauty are the most important things in life.”  He also comments that it’s a shame that his portrait will look the same, but Dorian will grow old with age.  Dorian is strongly affected by Lord Henry’s words; fear, disappointment, and panic flash across his face.  Dorian silently wishes that he’d stay the same, but the painting would change.  Somehow, his wish comes true!

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There are crucial moments in the film where it switches from black and white to color.

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A very pretty young Angela Lansbury (age 19 or 20) has a crucial role in the movie.

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Another beauty here- the grown-up Gladys (Donna Reed).

Coming soon to theaters:

Dorian Gray (starring Ben Barnes & Colin Firth)

 

A new version will be out in September!
Ben plays Prince Caspian in the  Narnia films

About the film:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235124/"Dorian Grey" stars Ben Barnes and Colin Firth.

About actor Ben Barnes:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1602660/

http://benbarnesfan.com/

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