Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" - Oscar Wilde

You know the story: a portrait that ages while the man doesn't. Intriguing premise. It must be; there are at least four movies about Dorian Gray, the latest to be released in 2009.

But do the movies capture the essence of Dorian Gray? Do they show how Lord Henry becomes a demonic figure in Dorian's life? Can you examine each frame for the perfect snarkiness of dandies and blatant homosexual overtones?

The only disappointment was the familiarity of the language. Later, I read that many of the phrases had been reused in Wilde's play, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Still, read the book. Skip or breeze through the chapter on Dorian's fifteen years under the portrait's spell (gemology, traveling, yawning). But read the book.

4.0 out of 5.0 Greyhounds.


Chris Eldin said...

I haven't read this one in years, but it's a classic.
I'm curious how they will do the movie. Thanks for the heads up!

Cheryl said...

This one's good and creepy. Thanks for the head's up about the movie.

Amanda said...

I've read this book a couple times, and the cataloguing chapter never ceases to put me to sleep. I read in lit analysis research that Wilde meant it to be long, boring, droning, and dreary, to sum up the tide of Dorian Gray's life.