The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Generally underrated version of Oscar Wilde's Faustian tale about a young Victorian gentleman who sells his soul to retain his youth, directed with loving care by the equally underrated Lewin (best known, perhaps, for Pandora and the Flying Dutchman). Hatfield - cool, beautiful, and effortlessly suggesting the corruptibility of Dorian's dark soul - is excellent, though even he is overshadowed by the cynical, epigrammatic brilliance of Sanders as Lord Henry. With elegant fin de si├Ęcle sets superbly shot by Harry Stradling, and the ironic Wildean wit understated rather than overplayed, it's that rare thing: a Hollywoodian literary adaptation that both stays faithful and does justice to its source.

Release details

Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Albert Lewin
Screenwriter: Albert Lewin
Cast: Hurd Hatfield
George Sanders
Angela Lansbury
Peter Lawford
Donna Reed
Lowell Gilmore
Richard Fraser
Morton Lowry

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