Sunday, 29 December 2013

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 16: Thu Jan 16

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lewin, 1945): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.10pm

This film, which screens as part of the BFI Gothic season, is also being shown on Saturday January 18th. Details here.

Time Out review:
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.
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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