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Topic: The Happy Prince
Posted by: Susan Kelly
Date/Time: 20/06/18 17:03:00

When I saw the trailers, I wondered if there was room for another film about Oscar Wilde but this covers the last three years of his life rather than his trial and imprisonment.

1897, and Oscar Wilde is released from prison. He travels to Dieppe where his friends are helping him to start a new life as Sebastian Melmoth. His wife is allowing him 4 a week so long as he doesn't see Bosie, which he has no intention of doing. In fact, he hopes that Constance might take him back. Except that then Bosie turns up and Oscar is as helpless as ever. The two head for Naples but, when word gets out, Constance stops Oscar's allowance and Lady Queensbury stops Bosie's.

They part and Oscar moves to Paris where he lives a hand-to-mouth existence and finds himself an amiable rent boy with a kid brother who is avid for his stories. Constance dies, leaving Oscar permanently cut off from funds and his sons. His health permanently damaged by his two years hard labour, he begins to fail and dies.

There are flashbacks, including some good ones of Oscar at the height of his fame when fashionable west-end audiences worshipped him. One really clunky one when he is being moved from Wandsworth to Reading by train, handcuffed to a warden and barracked by a group of working class men 'We don't want none of your love that don't speak its moniker'. Ouch! Rupert Everett stars, directs and wrote the screenplay and maybe someone should have advised a rewrite of that scene.

Very much worth seeing, though. Lovely cinematography.

Everett (who is excellent) has been talking a lot in interviews about Wilde's massive talent. I can't be the only person who thinks he was only a very minor talent, can I?


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