Dorian Gray

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Released 2009

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Director:
Oliver Parker
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Dorian Gray is a dramatic film directed by Oliver Parker based on Oscar Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, that follows the downward spiral from innocence to soulless as the na•ve, beautiful, and young Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) in Victorian-era London. When he first arrived, the wild and charismatic Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firth) took him under his wing in a bid to teach the inexperienced all the pleasures that could be had in the underbelly of the English capital. After Henry's artist friend Basil Hallward (Ben Chaplin) captures the beauty and power of Dorian's youth, Dorian jokingly trades his soul to forever remain young, living a life without care just as Henry says he should. But as Henry pulls Dorian deeper into immorality and ultimately leads to his young wife, Sibyl Vane (Rachel Hurd-Wood), to kill herself in grief, he realizes that his own body never shows a sign of his wretchedness but instead it lies in the canvas of Basil's portrait. Dorian decides to leave London and Henry's hedonistic guidance behind for a few years, only to return looking as young and as amoral as ever. Just how much longer can Dorian continue his lifestyle before his secret is discovered?moreless

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    social commentary, secrets and lies, self destruction, controversial, supernatural forces