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"Oscar Wilde" (1960) Robert Morley, Phyllis Calvert. Wonderful performances!    Items for Sale    Movies, Music & TV    DVD's    26LQWB   

"Oscar Wilde" (1960) Robert Morley, Phyllis Calvert. Wonderful performances!
This DVD is also listed as a 2-disc set with another film, entitled "THE TRIALS OF Oscar Wilde" for those who have either never seen either film or do not currently own either on DVD. They are quite often confused with one another, being that they were 1) both British, 2) both released during the same week in 1960, and 3) have obviously similar titles and subject matter. For those only seeking one of them but don't know which they're missing, here are the major differences: "OSCAR WILDE" (this one) is in BLACK AND WHITE FULL-SCREEN and stars the magnificent ROBERT MORLEY in the title role of the irrepressible and inimitable poet, playwright and it of the last part of the 19th Century. The OTHER film (also listed here as a separate entity) is "THE TRIALS OF Oscar Wilde", is in COLOUR WIDESCREEN and stars the equally magnificent PETER FINCH as Wilde, a role which garnered him a well-deserved Golden Globe award as Best Actor for that year. Both deal with essentially the same material, that being the trials endured by Mr. Wilde resulting from his slander suit against the Marquis of Queensbury for publicly declaring him a "sodomite", a charge which unfortunately for Wilde he was unable to disprove. He was imprisoned for many years and finally exiled to France where he basically wasted away until his untimely death and where he is now buried.

What the two films also share is their sensitivity, maturity and level-headedness in the treatment of their primary subject, homosexuality, seldom seen in similar-themed films of their day ("The Children's Hour" starring Shirley MacLaine as a closeted lesbian who, upon having to face her true nature, declares she feels "so sick and dirty I could die"...which she DOES, by hanging herself, the "way out" granted to pretty much all homosexual characters in the 60's, comes rushing to mind). You'll find no judgments here, merely facts as outlined in the trial transcripts from which both are taken. These films are not merely tired recitals in a just-the-facts manner consisting of ONLY repetition of trial transcripts, but are truly fleshed-out characterizations of the magnificent mind and talent that was Oscar Wilde. The films start at the same place, the premiere of Wilde's first stage play "Lady Windemere's Fan", at which, when asked to address his audience, declares that he is delighted they found the play as delightful as HE did! The public denouncement of Wilde by the Marquis of Queensbury is treated somewhat differently in the two films, "Trials" being perhaps a more verbose and public one than in this film. And the two films end at different places in Wilde's sad and sorry story, this one actually taking us to Paris to witness the final chapter of his life, whereas the other concludes as he's leaving for exile in France. But you really must see both films if not for these reasons, than for the very different portrayals by Morley and Finch of the genius that was Wilde.

The region-free (playable worldwide) DVD comes to you in a slim DVD case with artwork shown here.

International (outside U.S.)orders are always welcome, and I used to send these Priority Mail for an additional fee, however as postal rates at my end have skyrocketed of late making that option unaffordable I can only offer First Class "small packet" service, which frankly has its risks, the biggest of which is the lack of tracking available, so PLEASE BE SURE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS IS COMPLETE AND ACCURATE PRIOR TO ORDERING in order to minimize the chance of non-delivery as these items are not returned to me if they cannot be delivered for any reason.

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"Oscar Wilde" (1960) Robert Morley, Phyllis Calvert. Wonderful performances!


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