After reading the biography of Edith Evans, i now understand what the fuss was all about, having finished the film. What
a performance! I do believe she stole the show.
Oscar Wilde wrote the story in 1895 but this film is from 1952. Nonetheless I enjoyed the film very much. All the characterizations are wonderful. Of course, I can't possibly relate to any of them in my own life unless remembering some old biddy who thinks she has the power of God over people. Never be the poorest person in the room if you can help it. Wonderful color print. Excellent dialog coach. Oscar Wilde himself was perhaps even more of a character than those he penned on the page. His "Picture of Dorian Grey" starring George Sanders and Hurd Hatfield is mesmerizing even though it is from 1945.
Despite (somewhat founded) accusations of stodgy direction from Asquith, this is actually quite good and has a rather unique style to it (though the impressive feat of the actors pulling off that dialog helped in no small measure). The most annoying part to me was that for all of Oscar Wilde’s vaunted wit, it really seemed like he was just filling in variations on the following Mad Lib: “To (love/hate) _____ is (never/always) exceedingly not un _____ for those who (hate/love) (always/never) being _____.”
A nice comedy!
very funny light movie. thumbs up
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