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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realisation of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas, nicknamed Bosie. After legal action instigated by Bosie's father, Wilde refused to flee the country and was sentenced to to two years at hard labour
Underrated bio pic about Oscar Wilde and his "wicked" ways, from discovering the pleasures of male flesh to great fame of literary "perversity" to the passion of Saint Wilde, the gift the wold was not ready to receive.
Stephen Fry is wonderful as Wilde. He plays it down, is mild and soft spoken and lets Wilde's words work their magic, without ever forcing them upon us with fake emphasis or over play.
We get to witness the birth of his best known works and how this brilliantly clever man was undone (like most men) by the stupidity of his love for a silly little thing.
I for one enjoyed this visit to Master Wilde.
Wilde may be a decent biopic of literary genius and wit extraordinaire Oscar Wilde, but it leaves its viewer feeling little or even learning anything more than a quick perusal of a Wilde Wikipedia page will teach one.
The film has lavish costumes and sumptuous art direction/set design which splendidly recreates the late 1800's of London high society and Stephen Fry (Gosford Park) does a nice job in a very rare leading role as the titular Wilde. The film tells the story of Oscar Wilde as a married man with two children (his loving wife is played by Jennifer Ehle - Sunshine) who loves his family and becomes morally perplexed and torn by the situation he finds himself in once…
Beautiful art direction and costumes. The color pallet is like a french dessert with Jude Law being the plump, pink strawberry on top. Thank you Wilde for reminding me how pretty Jude Law was! If you've seen this let me know, do you think Jude Law was wearing a merkin? I think yes!
This is the saddest softcore porn I've ever watched.
Seriously though, this biopic forgoes his youth and is entirely about his affairs with men, mainly one named Bosie who deals with abuse and homophobia from his father.
The scenes of nudity and sex are very frequent so I advice against watching this with your parents or at school. Wilde's writing is only briefly mentioned here and there as though the script writer shoehorned it in when they realized that Wilde was more than just some old dude who happened to be gay. I'd have liked to have seen some of his childhood, more about his parents/family, and other facets of his life, but this is still interesting. Seriously though this ought to have been called Bosie instead of Wilde, I learned more about him than I did Oscar when I watched this.
It's a little rough around the edges due to the film's very standard biopic-y telling of the tale, but it's done well enough and elevated by fine performances all around.
If Jazz is the essential American art form, then I think Britain can claim the period costume drama. This one measures up to the highest standards in every department, despite being a somewhat routine outing. It's so routine, in fact, that it scarcely deigns to condemn or extol the lifestyle that it so frankly portrays, instead limiting itself to a chronicle of societal intrigues. The fact that the script leaves broader moral issues entirely off the table might have raised questions of why this film was made at all, only it's greatly helped along by Stephen Fry in the role that I honestly believe he was literally born to play. Maybe another actor could capture Wilde's playfulness and recklessness, but…
jude law is such a brat in this movie
long live oscar wilde
actually a pretty good film... i loved stephen fry's performance!!!
Are we dealing here with a conventional biopic of a unconventional character? Following its basic beginning middle and end structue with the key moments of his life being represented and characters that marked his life appearing, we still find some room for an smart editing and preatty good (and bold) dialogues, along with some explicit gay sex scenes. And Stephen Fry is the "elegance" in flesh and blood, giving life heart and soul to Oscar Wilde with tremendous perfection!
The casting of Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde almost feels like breaking the 4th wall, what is often referred to today as being 'meta.' An excellent performance, a well crafted film, and an interesting portrait of a man apart. A tragic and triumphant figure, Wilde is made very human. There is some of the lack of focus you often get in bio-pics, but it tries to stay with an aspect of his life, his key relationships, and that helps keep things on track. A worthy film, if not one of the greats.
should've been called 'twink central'
a good biopic of Oscar Wilde. Stephen Fry as Wilde was very fitting and Jude Law was quite odd and eerie. I could probably listen to Fry talk all day long.
2015 movie viewings, #65. I was originally under the impression that this was a BBC television movie, but this 1997 film is a fully funded theatrical feature (including giving important early roles to Jude Law, Michael Sheen and Ioan Gruffudd as Oscar Wilde's various lovers); so as such this has much more sumptuous sets and costumes than I was expecting, benefiting greatly from Stephen Fry's understated performance as this secret middle-classer stuck in the body of a radical gay artist. A strong recommendation; given its age, I don't know why this movie isn't known and loved more.
Very little about the man except that he was very very gay
All of these stars are for young Jude Law...
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