The Picture of Dorian Gray (1916)

Genres - Fantasy, Horror  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The first British screen version of Oscar Wilde's classic novel of the libertine who remains perpetually young while his portrait registers the ravages of a dissolute life, this six-reel production from director Fred W. Durrant was dismissed as rather stodgy. The British-born, German-raised Henry Victor, later to be immortalized as the villain in Tod Browning's Freaks (1932), played the title role, with British actress Pat O'Malley in the role played so memorably by Angela Lansbury in the 1944 Hollywood version. The Picture of Dorian Gray was filmed earlier in Denmark, Russia, and, twice in the United States.

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decadence, immortality, supernatural-forces