Synopsis by Mark Deming
John Osborne scripted this made-for-TV adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel, which charted the rise and fall of one tragically tempted man. Dorian Gray (Peter Firth) is a privileged man who sits for artist Basil Hallward (Jeremy Brett). Gray is so happy with the results that he wishes he could look that way forever; Hallward tells him it could be so, but for a terrible price. Gray soon discovers that he no longer ages, but his portrait does instead, and as he becomes more corrupt and stops putting a check on his appetites, he discovers just how great a toll is portrait is forced to bear. The Picture of Dorian Gray also features Sir John Gielgud.
aging, artist, corruption, portrait, temptation