The Picture of Dorian Gray

Synopsis: In 1886, in the Victorian London, the corrupt Lord Henry Wotton meets the pure Dorian Gray posing for talented painter Basil Hallward. Basil paints Dorian's portrait and gives the beautiful painting and an Egyptian sculpture of a cat to him while Henry corrupts his mind and soul telling that Dorian should seek pleasure in life. Dorian wishes that his portrait could age instead of him. Dorian goes to a side show in the Two Turtles in the poor neighborhood of London and he falls in love with the singer Sibyl Vane. Dorian decides to get married with her and tells to Lord Henry that convinces him to test the honor of Sibyl. Dorian Gray leaves Sibyl and travels abroad and when he returns to London, Lord Henry tells him that Sibyl committed suicide for love. Along the years, Dorian's friends age while he is still the same, but his picture discloses his evilness and corruptive life. Can he still have salvation or is his soul trapped in the doomed painting?
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Director(s): Albert Lewin
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
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110 min

Lord Henry Wotton had set himself early

in life to the serious study

of the great aristocratic art

of doing absolutely nothing.

He lived only for pleasure,

but his greatest pleasure was to observe

the emotions of his friends

while experiencing none of his own.

He diverted himself by exercising

a subtle influence on the lives of others.

Eighteen, I think you said, sir.

-Shall I wait, sir?


Among Lord Henry's friends

was the painter Basil Hallward.

He had been strangely secretive

about his latest painting,

and Lord Henry, sensing a mystery,

determined to discover what it was

that his friend wished to conceal.

I'm sorry, my lord,

Mr. Hallward is not at home.

Mr. Hallward doesn't wish to be disturbed.

It's your best work, Basil.

The best thing you've ever done.

Of course, I can't believe that anyone

is really as handsome as that portrait.

Who is he? What's his name?

Why are you being so secretive about it?

It's a great painting.

You ought to send it to the Grosvenor

and let everyone admire it.

-I shall not send it anywhere.

-But why?

I've put too much of myself into it.

I knew you'd laugh,

but it's true all the same.

Well, there certainly isn't any resemblance

between you and this young Adonis.

You have an intellectual expression,

and intellect destroys

the beauty of any face.

Don't flatter yourself, Basil.

You're not in the least like him.

Of course I'm not like him.

And I'm glad of it.

"The Wisdom of Buddha."

You always did have a

passion for virtue, Basil.

Why are you glad you're not like him?

We suffer for what the gods give us,

and I'm afraid Dorian Gray

will pay for his good looks.

-Dorian Gray. Is that his name?

-Yes. I didn't intend to tell it to you.

lf I'm going to keep on visiting you,

I'll have to send you some good sherry.

Why didn't you intend to tell me his name?

I can't explain. As I've grown older,

I've come to love secrecy.

I suppose that sounds foolish to you.

Come into the garden.

It doesn't sound foolish to me at all.

You forget that I am married

and that the one charm of marriage

is that it makes a life of deception

absolutely necessary to both parties.

I believe you are really

a very good husband, Harry,

but that you are thoroughly ashamed

of your own virtues.

-Your cynicism is simply a pose.

-Being natural is simply a pose

and the most irritating pose I know.

But you haven't answered my question.

I want to know the real reason why

you won't exhibit Dorian Gray's picture.

There is really very little to tell, Harry.

Besides, I'm afraid

you will hardly believe it.

I can believe anything

provided that it is quite incredible.

I'm afraid this will seem so.

There is something

I can't quite understand.

-Something mystic about it.


I don't know how to explain it,

but whenever Dorian poses for me,

it seems as if a power outside myself

were guiding my hand.

It's as if the painting had a life of its own,

independent of me.

That's why I'm not going to exhibit it.

It belongs rightfully to Dorian Gray,

and I shall give it to him.

I want to meet

this extraordinary young man.

I think we shall be friends.

I always choose my friends

for their good looks

and my enemies for their good intellects.

A man cannot be too careful

in his choice of enemies.

Harry, I despise your principles,

but I do enjoy the way you express them.

I like persons better than principles,

and persons with no principles

better than anything else in the world.

-Now I remember.

-Remember what, Harry?

-Where I heard the name of Dorian Gray.

-Where was it?

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Albert Lewin

Albert Lewin (September 23, 1894 – May 9, 1968) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He earned a master's degree at Harvard and taught English at the University of Missouri. During World War I, he served in the military and was afterwards appointed assistant national director of the American Jewish Relief Committee. He later became a drama and film critic for the Jewish Tribune until the early 1920s, when he went to Hollywood to become a reader for Samuel Goldwyn. Later he worked as a script clerk for directors King Vidor and Victor Sjöström before becoming a screenwriter at MGM in 1924. Lewin was appointed head of the studio's script department and by the late 1920s was Irving Thalberg's personal assistant and closest associate. Nominally credited as an associate producer, he produced several of MGM's most important films of the 1930s. After Thalberg's death, he joined Paramount as a producer in 1937, where he remained until 1941. Notable producing credits during this period include True Confession (1937), Spawn of the North (1938), Zaza (1939) and So Ends Our Night (1941). In 1942, Lewin began to direct. He made six films, writing all of them and producing several himself. As a director and writer, he showed literary and cultural aspirations in the selection and treatment of his themes. In 1966, Lewin published a novel, The Unaltered Cat. more…

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