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Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

3.4 9
Director: Albert Lewin

Cast: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed


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The Picture of Dorian Gray was writer/director Albert E. Lewin's fascinating follow-up to his expressive-esoterica masterpiece The Moon and Sixpence. Hurd Hatfield essays the title character, a London aristocrat who would sell his soul to remain handsome and young--and, in a manner of speaking, he does just that. Under the influence of his decadent

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The Picture of Dorian Gray 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
please! everyone! don't go on and on about what the movie is about; we already know, more than likely. please tell us if the picture is clear and crisp. is the audio consistant? I mean, does it go up and down? get louder during the music? I've bought 3 copies of this movie and the volume was not acceptable. thank you.
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ZoeyTheCat More than 1 year ago
I am rating the movie, not the book. There's never a good comparison because a book can add so many elements and you're visualizing everything in your own mind. But I think this movie does a good job of capturing Oscar Wilde's tale. Here we have Hurt Hatfield (with loads of makeup) as Dorian, a Sociopath and Narcissist. But there's more of course to this story. Dorian sees his Portrait and desires more than anything to always stay as young and beautiful. There's a severe price to pay for youth and beauty (just ask any actor!). I love Angela Lansbury and George Sanders in this movie. Their performances are always superior in anything they do. Sanders' droll but intelligent narration adds to the suspense. I agree with another reviewer that Donna Reed and Peter Lawford are totally miscast and unnecessary. But they always have to add popular (not better) actors to make the movie attractive to customers. I particularly enjoyed the moody scenes where Dorian spirals downward. I thought the final scene was really surprisingly gruesome for it's time. This movie is so much better than anything that has been made before or since.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite novels, and the movie's only selling point for me was that Angela Lansbury is in it (too briefly, though). I was pleasantly surprised at how faithful it is to the spirit of the original. There are some plot changes (and the addition of some tiresome characters played by Donna Reed and Peter Lawford) that were probably necessary to move the story along, but the movie does recreate the mood of the novel. The scene in which the portrait of the debauched Dorian is shown for the first time comes as a shock (even by today's standards)--the use of color only for the portrait was very effective. The actual portrait is now in the Chicago Institute of Art, and has the same horrifying effect.