A Day of Classics: The Picture of Dorian Gray – 1945

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March 10, 2012 by msashtonwriter

How many of us own a portrait of ourselves that will age while we keep our youthful appearance? Nobody.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a very good film in which Dorian Gray, played by Hurd Hatfield, is manipulated by Lord Henry into making a wish in front of an Egyptian statue. Dorian offers his soul in return to keep his youthful appearance, not realizing the emotional consequences that lay ahead.

Soon a romance blooms between him and singer Sibyl Vane who is played by Angela Lansbury. When Lord Henry learns of the relationship, he tricks Dorian into playing a cruel joke in order to test her—which ends in tragedy.

Years pass and Dorian still remains unchanged. His portrait, on the other hand, begins to show Dorian’s age along with the physical and emotional scarring of the life he leads.

Stuck in his own personal hell, his secret begins to surface as his best friend, an old lover, and Sibyl’s family are on the verge of discovering the truth behind the “perfect” Dorian Gray.

What other movies do you suggest that may be similar?

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