June 27th, 2020


Movie Critique – The Picture of Dorian Gray

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A gothic horror film that is witty, dramatic, romantic, terrifyingly photographed and a very good adaptation of the original novel; giving a deep reflection on how your inner self and outer self both matter, not just beauty.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a 1945 American horror-drama film based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 classic novel of the same name. The lead cast include George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Dame Angela Lansbury and Donna Reed.

The film was nominated for several awards and received an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, B&W; and a Golden Globe to Angela Lansbury for Best Supporting Actress. Lansbury also was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress but lost it to her co-star, Anne Revere, for the 1944 film National Velvet. 

The plot is about a young, handsome and wealthy British man, Dorian Gray, who although being intelligent gets sucked into a world of sin and misery; all in the hopes of staying eternally youthful. With his angelic face, he hides his devilish nature while enthralled with the sins he is committing. His bargain with the devil leaves behind a trail of horrific incidents that eventually suck Gray in.

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