R | 1h 58min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 1 September 1997 (Italy)
The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization 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, the enraged Marquise of Queensberry, Wilde refused to flee the country and was sentenced to two years at hard labor by the courts of an intolerant Victorian society.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for strong sexuality and language
Wilde is a film about a man’s passions destroying his life. Oscar Wilde was a very interesting man and discovered his dormant homosexuality late in life. The film was very tragic in a lot of ways. The love story between Wilde and Douglas was venomous and sweet. The performances by Jude Law and Stephen Fry were top notch. The direction was a little sluggish I thought and the film could have been better paced. The production design was great though and I loved listening to Wilde’s sarcasm of the British class system. If you are a fan of Oscar Wilde, you will probably like this film more than the average movie fan.
Director: Brian Gilbert
Writers: Richard Ellmann (book), Julian Mitchell
Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave
Country: UK | Germany | Japan
Release Date: 1 September 1997 (Italy)
Filming Locations: Grip House Studios, Greenford, Middlesex, England, UK