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#90: Wilde (1997) August 20, 2007

Posted by badblokebob in : Drama, Romance, adaptations, 4 stars, 1990s, British films, true stories, 2007, Biography , trackback

1997 | Brian Gilbert | 112 mins | TV | 15 / R

Stephen Fry leads a starry British ensemble in this biopic of poet, novelist, playwright and genius Oscar Wilde. The film focuses not on Wilde’s literary achievements and public life, but on his private relationships with various men, and in particular his obsession with the young Lord ‘Bosie’; of course, eventually, all of these things collide.

Fry is perfectly cast as Wilde and Jude Law is suitably horrid as the spoilt, stroppy and thoroughly dislikable Bosie, whose selfishness brings about Wilde’s downfall. Also worthy of note is the ever-excellent Michael Sheen in a smaller but vital role; he’s a criminally under-acknowledged actor.

4 out of 5

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