Which is the Best Movie Version of The Picture Of Dorian Gray? (Part 4)
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Which is the Best Movie Version of The Picture Of Dorian Gray? (Part 4)

Quite a few film versions of The Picture of Dorian Gray have been made over the years. We discuss some of them and which one could very well be considered the best and why...

OUR DISCUSSION OF VARIOUS FILM VERSIONS OF DORIAN GRAY CONTINUES FROM HERE...

- THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945)

This is so far the most fantastic version of The Picture of Dorian Gray that I could find. 

It may be a shame for some people that it's in black and white, but maybe that helps give it that MGM Hollywood charm of 1945.  The inserts of the portrait though was for some reason filmed in technicolor, so you have this black and white film that uses color only for "special effect". 

Obviously very high budget, in this version Dorian Gray is not the emotional blonde guy from the book.  He's a darkhaired, well groomed rich aristocratic type young man.  His house is one beautiful MGM set that has different levels and decorated superbly.  

Different from the book or other movie versions, Sybil Vane is not a Shakespearean actress who can't act anymore because she's in love with Dorian Gray, but instead she's a singer in a sort of pub with a small stage for entertaining performances.  

She sings a song that will stick with you forever after watching this film:  "Goodbye Little Yellow Bird".  

Almost none of the original homosexuality or other sex deeds from the novel and other movie versions is depicted in this version.  Some may say that robs it of authenticity, but some, like me, would say it makes this version the good taste version.  Aside from Basil's murder scene, it also leaves lots of room for most of Dorian's transgressions to be invented by the viewer's own imagination, instead of showing everything graphically. 

Different from other movie versions, you may find that you can watch this version over and over.  There are also very subtle things you probably didn't know, for example every time Dorian kills someone, their initials are found on small little blocks in his old school room upstairs.  The big D of course stands for Dorian.  There's also a lot of symbolism if you start looking for it, like grotesque faces and figures hidden everywhere in plain sight, as well as an "all seeing eye" sometimes in the same room as Dorian. 

Presented as a simple story, this movie has a much bigger impact than any other versions I've seen. 

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Interesting read.thanks foe posting