The Picture of Dorian Gray
Dir. Albert Lewin. 1945, 110 mins. 35mm. With George Sanders, Donna Reed. The second of the six exotic, literary, odd movies directed by Albert Lewin in the 1940s and 1950s, The Picture of Dorian Gray employs beautifully stylized sets, photography, and staging to create the atmosphere of fin de siècle refinement and decadence that surrounds Oscar Wilde’s story about a man who keeps his physical beauty despite his inner ugliness. The film was beloved by critic Parker Tyler for its dreamlike, magical, and erotic power.
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