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 siècle 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.

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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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