The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

DVD - 2008
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Dorian Gray is an innocent young man who has his portrait painted by a close friend. Soon after he falls under the influence of amoral Lord Henry Wotton. Dorian soon jilts his fiancee, which leads to her suicide. This is the start of a life of increasing debauchery. Dorian realizes that the outward signs of this are apparent only in the portrait. Eventually the picture, secreted in his childhood playroom, becomes almost hideous to behold. But Dorian still has one pure love - Gladys, the niece of the original painter.


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May 15, 2017

I remember watching this movie with my Dad 50+ years ago, and I've been afraid to watch it as an adult in case the experience ruined my memories. Nope! This was a big budget production that took way more time to make than had been originally thought, and it paid off. Even though there are slight differences, the book is still there. Classic!

Jan 15, 2017

Oscar Wilde’s wildly inventive novel, an existential horror story which tackles issues of art, morality, and our preoccupation with the beauty of youth, transfers to the big screen with considerable success in this big budget MGM production. Impeccably shot in B&W (for which it won an Oscar) with fleeting moments of Technicolor whenever it focuses on Dorian’s picture, this is a heavy, brooding film whose gravitas is maintained beautifully by a near perfect cast especially Hurd Hatfield who plays Dorian Gray with a soft-spoken psychopathology, Angela Lansbury as a naïve saloon singer, and George Sanders who, as Dorian's mentor Lord Henry, steals all of Oscar’s best lines. Donna Reed co-stars as the adoring siren whose own innocence and beauty lead to a fatal epiphany. A Hollywood classic despite a bit of studio sanitization.

rufus_red4 Jun 05, 2014

The sound on this dvd is so poor that despite me turning the volume up, I could barely hear it. Couple that with the soft English accents, it was all I could do to stay awake. It had some fine moments but it was rather staid.

May 12, 2014

I notice my friend Jazeebelle also enjoyed this movie. By far, the best of the film adaptations of this timeless Oscar WIlde tale of the man who never aged, while his portrait aged,and transformed into his inner evil.

May 12, 2014

Big fan of this movie. Every year my mom and i would wait for it and stay up when it was on tv. Tried watching the remake and was that ever a waste of time. This is truely a classic and still to this day holds up on the creepy factor.

Sep 15, 2013

This is probably the best movie interpretation based on the novel and done in a classy and tasteful way unlike the new version that I've seen.

EuSei Sep 21, 2012

Very good version of Wilde's book. Worth watching and comparing with the other ones.

Aug 01, 2012

My beef?.... Besides the Dorian Gray character being a totally effeminate, candy-assed fop - The 18 years of debauchery that he indulged in (as was proof in his portrait) was only implied and hinted at. Nothing worthwhile was ever shown on screen.

If I were to go by Dorian Gray's actions in this story, then there would be no way in the world that I could accept his portrait for looking the way it did at this film's climatic, Technicolor finale. No way, Jose! (You really need to see the portrait's slimy horridness for yourself to know what I'm talking about here)

Set in 19th Century London, The Picture of Dorian Gray (filmed in 1945) was based on gay novelist Oscar Wilde's closeted story, from 1891, of the same name.

stephanie1111 Jun 16, 2012

This is a fantastic adaptation of a classic tale of evil and how it corrodes the mind and soul. I appreciate that an established painter (Ivan Albright) was commissioned to paint the portrait used in this film. My only regret in watching this film is knowing the plot would make reading the novel less enjoyable.


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