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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

Genre

Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Romance

Director

Albert Lewin

Country

USA

Cast
Hurd Hatfield, George Sanders, Lowell Gilmore, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Richard Fraser, Douglas Walton, Morton Lowry, Miles Mander, Lydia Bilbrook, Mary Forbes, Robert Greig, Moyna Macgill, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Billy Bevan, Cedric Hardwicke, George Sanders

Storyline

Morally corrupt Dorian Gray (Hurd Hatfield) keeps his youthful beauty while a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Opinion

I've recently found out about this film - thank you, Birgit - and since I love Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" I decided to give it a try, and I loved it because Lewin's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is an elegant, charming, thoughtful adaptation of a classic masterpiece.

There's isn't much to say about the story, and I'm assuming that everyone already knows it. What I am going to praise instead is the wonderful job director Albert Lewin did here. He had some kind of sensibility that perfectly suited the source material, but most important, he provided a beautiful, yet creepy direction that allows the film to not deface before the novel.

The dark atmosphere of mystery is wonderfully enhanced by the stunning black and white photography and a wonderful use of shadows.

The most fascinating thing about the film however has to do with the casting of Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray. I've read the novel several times so I do know what kind of man Dorian Gray is supposed to be and how he is supposed to look, but that casting is what gives the film a boost on the horror side.

The use of an handsome man as the monster, rather than some ugly, deformed creature is great to portray the wickedness concealed by the outer beauty that deceives everyone with a dreamy, holy appearance.

And of course the acting is excellent with Hard Hatfield giving a quite remarkable portrait of Gray, and George Sanders stealing every scene he's in as Lord Henry. The other members of the cast also do a great job.



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