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Wilde [DVD] [Special Edition]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on the best-selling biography by Richard Ellman, this unconventional biopic traces the brilliant, witty, and tragic life of Oscar Wilde from his rise to fame as a much-in-demand author and public speaker to his downfall and ultimate imprisonment for homosexuality. Irish-born and homosexual, Wilde (Stephen Fry, in a critically lauded performance) nevertheless takes a loving wife (Jennifer Ehle), with whom he has children. While married, he becomes aware of his true sexual identity after a chance encounter with an aggressive house guest. This leads to a very public affair with vain, rebellious young Lord Alfred Douglas (Jude Law), the son of the Marquess of Queensbury (Tom Wilkinson, IN THE BEDROOM). Despite an astoundingly successful writing career, Wilde's private life lands him in prison for "gross indecency," a synonym for homosexual behavior, which was illegal in England at the time.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 02297

  • Credits
    Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle, John Ehle, Gemma Jones
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Restrained, sober, decorous..." -- Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Brit comedian Stephen Fry is tall, elegant, and whimsical, and wears fin-de-siecle clothes as if born in them....His performance is a perfect center for others to whirl around..."
    Film Comment

    "...[An] effectively intimate portrait....Stephen Fry looks uncannily like Wilde and presents a mixture of superciliousness and vulnerability....[His] warmly sympathetic performance finds the gentleness beneath the wit..."
    New York Times

    "...Director Gilbert displays all of Wilde's facets in this elegant film..."

    "...Deeply moving....WILDE is a lustrous period piece with a high degree of authenticity in dcor and costume....A work of superior craftsmanship..."
    Los Angeles Times

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