Saturday, August 22, 2009

Eternal Youth: 'Dorian Gray'

By Chase Kahn

Angela Lansbury has her special dedication tomorrow on TCM's "Summer Under the Stars". One of her showpiece films from early in her career is Albert Lewin's The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). Based on Oscar Wilde's gothic novel of the same name about a young man who remains eternally youthful in body, but in spirit (depicted in a portrait or picture) his hideous sins and true nature are revealed for all to see, is receiving a modernized take in Lewis Parker's Dorian Gray.
The film is set to play at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and release in the UK simultaneously on 09.06.09.

The Angela Lansbury version (1945) will play early Monday morning (2:00am) so once again, TiVo's and DVR's are in order. Dorian Gray (2009) does not have a U.S. distributor yet but will likely receive attention at Toronto and perhaps released shortly there after or early in 2010 domestically. You can view the underwhelming but interesting trailer featuring Colin Firth and the teen-friendly Ben Barnes (Prince Caspain) here.

1 comment:

  1. I've always enjoyed the tale of Dorian Gray but thus far I am not a fan of Ben Barnes, I felt he was dismal as Prince Caspian (couldn't maintain his accent), and his other films haven't asked much of him. Shall be interesting to see what he does with such a complex character.