The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

by guest writer


Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) is the screen adaptation of the famous novel written by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Albert Lewin, the movie impresses through its witty screenplay, the wonderful B&W cinematography signed by Harry Stradling Sr. and the immaculate role of Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray. A story of vanity and moral decadence among the London aristocracy, the film unfolds in a strange manner when Basil Hallward (Lowell Gilmore) is commissioned to paint Gray’s portrait. This is the starting point in Dorian’s slip into an abysmal sea of vanity that will bring his own extinction. Making a secret pact to always remain as young with the evil spirits symbolized by old Egyptian artifacts of Paganism like the cat and incantation writings, Gray becomes dependent on the painting to really see his true face. The director uses  hints of colour into the mirror like B&W to display the picture of our main character and the results of his actions as discovered by the others in the epic end. See how Dorian Gray deconstructed his life…

photo: film poster, Metro Goldwin Mayer

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