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    UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation present THE LEGACY PROJECT SCREENING SERIES at the Billy Wilder Theater, Los Angeles

    Sunday, 7th August @ 7:00 p.m.



    The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), a widescreen, black-and-white Technirama account of the acclaimed playwright's fall from public grace, condemned for having an affair with a younger man.

    Actor Peter Finch, playing Wilde, earned a BAFTA for his subtle and nuanced performance.



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    Easily one of my favourite films but surely it is in colour ( the made at the same time Robert Morley Oscar Wilde is B&W ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpgmel View Post
    Easily one of my favourite films but surely it is in colour ( the made at the same time Robert Morley Oscar Wilde is B&W ).
    You're right about it's being colour. It didn't occur to me to check the theater's description. But I've just checked imdb and it is indeed in colour. Those Yanks just don't know what they're writing about although the "Technirama' detail was correct. I have no clue how they managed to get a black and white photo of Finch for it.

    I'll call and tell them.

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    Currently available as part of The Best of British from itnnow......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB44yFPJM6k

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    It was definitely in colour when I saw it on BBC many years ago. Excellent movie I thought, far superior to the Stephen Fry film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theuofc View Post
    You're right about it's being colour. It didn't occur to me to check the theater's description. But I've just checked imdb and it is indeed in colour. Those Yanks just don't know what they're writing about although the "Technirama' detail was correct. I have no clue how they managed to get a black and white photo of Finch for it.

    I'll call and tell them.

    It turns out the main listing on the Theater website is correct, but the email alert to patrons was inaccurate. I've told them so now they can field further questions.

    It looks like a good version of Oscar Wilde.

    Barbara

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    Quote Originally Posted by theuofc View Post
    It turns out the main listing on the Theater website is correct, but the email alert to patrons was inaccurate. I've told them so now they can field further questions.

    It looks like a good version of Oscar Wilde.

    Barbara
    Simply superb

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    While I find this version compelling I still have huge affection for the Robert Morley version - which has just as good a cast IMHO. Where the hell has it gone though, I last saw it on CH4 in the 80s (in the days when they really did show alot of older movies).

    photo-Oscar-Wilde-1960-1.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windthrop View Post
    While I find this version compelling I still have huge affection for the Robert Morley version - which has just as good a cast IMHO.
    Yes I like the Robert Morley one too.

    In a comparison of the main cast I think The Trials... wins with its Marquis of Queensberry, but not much else (although I'd call their respective Edward Carsons a draw).


    Oscar Wilde.... Robert Morley/Peter Finch
    Sir Edward Carson.... Ralph Richardson/James Mason
    Constance Wilde.... Phyllis Calvert/Yvonne Mitchell
    Lord Alfred Douglas.... John Neville/John Fraser
    Robert Ross.... Dennis Price/Emrys Jones
    Sir Edgar Clarke.... Alexander Knox/Nigel Patrick
    Marquis of Queensberry.... Edward Chapman/Lionel Jeffries

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    Quote Originally Posted by dremble wedge View Post
    Yes I like the Robert Morley one too.

    In a comparison of the main cast I think The Trials... wins with its Marquis of Queensberry, but not much else (although I'd call their respective Edward Carsons a draw).


    Oscar Wilde.... Robert Morley/Peter Finch
    Sir Edward Carson.... Ralph Richardson/James Mason
    Constance Wilde.... Phyllis Calvert/Yvonne Mitchell
    Lord Alfred Douglas.... John Neville/John Fraser
    Robert Ross.... Dennis Price/Emrys Jones
    Sir Edgar Clarke.... Alexander Knox/Nigel Patrick
    Marquis of Queensberry.... Edward Chapman/Lionel Jeffries
    Yeah, I'd go along with that, though IIRC in the Morley version the MofQ is largely restricted to the courtroom scenes. Jefferies gets more of an opportunity to 'act' and is on operatic form. His best dramatic performance IMHO.

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    I think the Morely one has a better script though - the trial scenes take more from the original transcripts and are fairly clinical in their language (must have been pretty shocking back in the day) while the Fry one does it's best to suggest that all Oscar did with his rentboys was read poetry to them

    It's amusing that Dennis Price and John Fraser are meant to be the same age in their respective films while three year's later they were playing father and schoolboy son in Tamahine
    Last edited by CaptainWaggett; 22-07-11 at 07:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windthrop View Post
    Yeah, I'd go along with that, though IIRC in the Morley version the MofQ is largely restricted to the courtroom scenes. Jefferies gets more of an opportunity to 'act' and is on operatic form. His best dramatic performance IMHO.
    Agree 100% about Lionel Jeffries performance a real grandstanding piece of acting

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    I think the Morely one has a better script though - the trial scenes take more from the original transcripts and are fairly clinical in their language (must have been pretty shocking back in the day) while the Fry one does it's best to suggest that all Oscar did with his rentboys was read poetry to them
    IIRC the Fry version is very muddled in its (abridged) coverage of the trials and implies that Wilde himself was only tried once rather than twice.

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