Dorian Gray

The film Dorian Gray is an adaptation of the eponymous novel written by Oscar Wilde, published in 1891. Directed by Oliver Parker in 2009, the film tells the story of a naive and young Englishman whose image is captured in an enchanted painting that keeps him from aging. If he commits a sin, his face in the picture changes and loses his beauty. For this adaptation, Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray and Colin Firth as Lord Henry Wotton, imperious and decadent dandy. Extremely witty, he is seen as a critique of Victorian culture at the end of the century, espousing a view of indulgent hedonism.

I don’t read the original novel, so I can’t establish a comparison between the film and the Gothic novel of Oscar Wilde. In my opinion, I’m not sure if this adaptation is the best but I liked so much the story, the atmosphere emitted, the soundtracks and the splendid shots of the director. The story is very interesting and pleasant.

 The Picture of Dorian Gray remind me the novel of Honoré de Balzac The Magic Skin (La Peau de Chagrin) because in the two novels, we find the notion of physical decadence. Although, the rapprochement is often effected.

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5 réflexions au sujet de « Dorian Gray »

  1. I read the original novel and I love the story, it’s surprising !
    Thanks to this book I want to read others stories written by Oscar Wilde, they may be interesting !

  2. It seems interesting. There isn’t any link with your movie but I’d like to know more about Oscar Wilde ( above all because he’s an Irish author).

  3. I appreciate this author Oscar Wilde and i am passionated by the the cinema. The trailer make me want to watch this movie.

  4. this film seems good, I think I will try to find the book and see this film! It remember me the film Dark Shadow by Tim Burton with the two characters who don’t become old.

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