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The picture of Dorian Gray = Le portrait de Dorian Gray

Author: Pandro S BermanAlbert LewinHerbert StothartGeorge SandersHurd HatfieldAll authors
Publisher: [Atlanta, GA] : Turner Entertainment; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2008, ©1945.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This 1945 screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray brilliantly captures the essense of evil that lies hidden behind the facade of one Victorian gentleman. Hurd Hatfield plays Dorian Gray, an extraordinarily handsome man who, upon viewing a newly completed portrait of himself, expresses the wish to remain youthful while the picture grows old. By chance, Gray's wish is made in the presence of a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Horror films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Film adaptations
Fiction films
Drama
Named Person: Oscar Wilde; Oscar Wilde
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Pandro S Berman; Albert Lewin; Herbert Stothart; George Sanders; Hurd Hatfield; Donna Reed; Angela Lansbury; Peter Lawford; Lowell Gilmore; Richard Fraser; Oscar Wilde; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.; Warner Home Video (Firm); Turner Entertainment Co.
ISBN: 141987134X 9781419871344
OCLC Number: 753656469
Language Note: English dialogue, optional English subtitles for the hairing impaired, French or Spanish.
Notes: Based on the Oscar Wilde novel.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1945.
Special features: Commentary by Angela Lansbury and historian Steve Haberman; Oscar-winning short "Stairway to light;" Oscar-winning cartoon "Quiet please!;" theatrical trailer.
Source of information: disc container and screen.
Credits: Director of photography, Harry Stradling; editor, Ferris Webster; music, Herbert Stothart.
Cast: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Lowell Gilmore, Richard Fraser.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., b&w with Technicolor inserts ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, full screen (1.33:1); Dolby Digital mono., dual-layer.
Other Titles: Portrait de Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde's The picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde's The picture of Dorian Gray: why did women talk about Dorian Gray in whispers?
Portrait of Dorian Gray
Responsibility: a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picture ; produced by Pandro S. Berman ; screenplay by Albert Lewin ; directed by Albert Lewin.

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This 1945 screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray brilliantly captures the essense of evil that lies hidden behind the facade of one Victorian gentleman. Hurd Hatfield plays Dorian Gray, an extraordinarily handsome man who, upon viewing a newly completed portrait of himself, expresses the wish to remain youthful while the picture grows old. By chance, Gray's wish is made in the presence of a statue of an ancient Egyptian god which holds the power to grant any desire. Gradually, a sinister plot begins to unfold--fueled by sadism and self-loathing--that results in five terrible deaths and the revelation of a horrifying secret. Powerful performances are also provided by George Sanders (Lord Henry Wotton) and Angela Lansbury (Sibyl Vane) and the dramatic cinematography, which uses both black & white and color, garnered an Academy Award. A masterpiece of elegance and supernaturalism, The Picture of Dorian Gray is one film that, like its hero, looks better with each passing year. -- Description of the 1945 movie from Miami University Libraries at http://www.lib.muohio.edu (Sep. 20, 2011).

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