32 Days of Halloween III, Day 21: Oscar Wilde’s Frankenstein

Oscar Wilde

Originally I was trying to find something that would go along with The Fearless Vampire Killers snippet that was posted for last year’s Day 21 of 32 Days of Halloween. But then I happened across this incredibly silly short film: Oscar Wilde’s Frankenstein. And I had to drop everything and share it. Embroidery has never been so hilariously terrifying in the history of cinema.

Please watch this and then imagine Stephen Fry’s reaction. (You can see his take on Dracula here, BTW.)

Back in 2007, we were enjoying a George C. Scott trailer twofer.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:58:22+00:00 October 20th, 2009|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

The Dan Curtis Macabre Collection (1968-1974) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: Richard Matheson (Dracula, based on the novel by Bram Stoker), William F. Nolan (Turn of the Screw, based on the novella by Henry James), Ian McLellan Hunter (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson), and John Tomerlin (The Portrait of Dorian Gray, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde)
Directed by: Dan Curtis (Dracula & Turn of the Screw), Charles Jarrott (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), and Glenn Jordan (The Portrait of Dorian Gray)
Starring: Jack Palance, Fiona Lewis, Penelope Horner, Murray Brown, Lynn Redgrave, Jasper Jacob, Eva Griffith, Shane Briant, Nigel Davenport, Denholm Elliott, Torin Thatcher

Features:

  • Interviews with director Curtis, actors Palance and Redgrave
  • Dracula European trailer

Released by: MPI
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; all films appear in their original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Get it.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:02:52+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

The Oscar Wilde Collection (2002) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Directed by: Stuart Burge, John Gorrie, Tony Smith, and Rudolph Cartier
Starring: John Gielgud, Joan Plowright, Peter Firth, Jeremy Brett, Helena Little

Features:

  • Contains The Importance of Being Earnest (1986), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1976), An Ideal Husband (1969) & Lady Windermere’s Fan (1972)
  • “The Life and Loves of Oscar Wilde” featurette

Released by: BBC Home Video
Region: 1
Rating: NR, suitable for audiences 13+
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: Get it.

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002 feature film version reviewed here) tells the story of friends Jack (Paul McGann) and Algernon (Rupert Frazer), each of whom use an imaginary persona to escape the pressures of their lives. When this becomes an impediment to their happiness, they have to find a graceful way out of their predicaments that won’t leave each other stranded. The Picture of Dorian Gray relates the story of the wealthy, but dissolute man (Firth) who attempts to preserve his own physical beauty by means of a very special portrait. An Ideal Husband follows the adventures of London society when the honesty of several characters is questioned by mistakes from their past. Will the love matches, political appointments, and personal beliefs all work out as they should, or will Mrs. Cheveley succeed in destroying everyone? Finally, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores a young woman’s attempt to enter London’s society, as well as a look at what generosity, marriage, and loyalty really mean.

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By | 2010-04-01T01:36:48+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) – Movie Review

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Written by: Oliver Parker, based on the play by Oscar Wilde
Directed by: Oliver Parker
Starring: Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Reese Witherspoon, Frances O’Connor, Judi Dench

My Advice: Matinee.

Jack Worthing (Firth) lives out in the country, but sometimes has to get away to the city in order to check on his poor, always-in-trouble brother, Ernest. In actuality, Jack is Ernest–he just likes to get away to the city, especially to flirt with Gwendolen (O’Connor), the daughter of Lady Bracknell (Dench). You with me still? Okay, Jack’s–well, Ernest’s–friend in the city is Algernon “Algy” Moncrief (Everett), who discovers Jack’s/Ernest’s deception at the same time he discovers the existence of Jack’s eighteen-year-old ward, Cecily (Witherspoon). When Algy shows up in the country posing as Ernest, a mistaken identity comedy must, of course, ensue.

It’s so refreshing to see more evidence that well-written words in the mouths of capable actors can pay off. First off, we must admit that some liberty was taken with Wilde’s play. Some. To my knowledge, the main thing purists might object to is a tattoo. However, for the most part, we never mind people straying from the source material as long as it is done to some purpose and it works. Well, the good news is that even an unexpected tattoo parlor is funny in this film. Which is good–because the thing is a comedy, after all. It’s also a comedic period piece/costume drama that manages to rise above the form and actually be a Merchant Ivoryesque flick with laughs for people who normally wouldn’t be caught dead watching such a film.

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By | 2010-04-01T00:54:09+00:00 May 24th, 2002|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments