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Wilde (1997)

Cast: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, more...
Director: Brian Gilbert
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Politics and Social Issues, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Biopics, Gay & Lesbian, British Drama, UK, Features
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Literary genius, legendary wit, bon vivant, and gay martyr, Oscar Wilde was a man whose legend has grown to iconic proportions since his death at the beginning of the 20th century. Establishing Wilde (Stephen Fry) as a loving family man, complete with a wife (Jennifer Ehle) and two adorable sons, the film takes pains to portray him as a dignified genius who was as pained by what he considered his own sin -- his homosexuality -- as he was delighted by the sins of others. From his initial encounters with Robbie Ross (Michael Sheen), his first male lover, through his tragic affair with the beautiful and bratty Alfred Lord Douglas (a perfectly cast Jude Law), Wilde is seen as a conflicted fellow, warring with his own urges even as he dazzles everyone around him. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A walk on the Wilde side by birchfield February 7, 2003 - 12:41 PM PST
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Oscar Wilde is one of the people upon whose tombs in Pere Lachaise cemetery (in Paris)strangers leave flowers and notes, so he continues to have an influence more than a century after his death.

This film recounts much of his life history with an emphasis on the human and family side of Wilde. Because of that, less evident is the wit for which he is justly famous. (At the end of his life, Wilde was unable to afford the Parisian hotel where he was staying and told a friend "I am dying beyond my means")
Stephen Fry gives a dignified and somewhat restrained performance as Wilde and shows that his acting skills are commensurate with his excellence as a novelist (Hippotamus showcases a wicked wit as proof).
Informative film but don't expect a laugh a minute...

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