Adaptations of The Picture of Dorian Gray


Adaptations of The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1890) has inspired many cinematic, literary, and artistic adaptations.

Film

Listed in chronological order of release.

*"Dorian Grays Portræt" (1910)
*:Directed by Axel Strøm
*:Starring Valdemar Psilander as Dorian Gray
*"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1913)
*:Directed by Phillips Smalley
*:Starring Wallace Reid as Dorian Gray
*"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1916)
*:Directed by Fred W Durrant; screenplay by Rowland Talbot
*:Starring Henry Victor as Dorian Gray; Sydney Bland as Basil Hallward; Jack Jordan as Henry Wotton; Pat O'Malley as Sybil Vane
*"Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray" (1917)
*:Directed by Richard Oswald; screenplay by Richard Oswald
*:Starring Bernd Aldor as Dorian Gray; Ernst Ludwig as Basil Hallward; Ernst Pittschau as Henry Wotton; Lea Lara as Sibyl Vane
*"Az Élet királya" (1918)
*:Directed by Alfréd Deésy; screenplay by József Pakots
*:Starring Norbert Dán as Dorian Gray; Gusztáv Turán as Basil Hallward; Bela Lugosi (credited as Arisztid Olt) as Henry Wotton; Ila Lóth as Sibyl Vane

*"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945)
*:Directed by Albert Lewin; screenplay by Albert Lewin
*:Starring Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray; Lowell Gilmore as Basil Hallward; George Sanders as Henry Wotton; Angela Lansbury as Sibyl Vane. Lansbury was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Considered by many to be the best version, although a love interest not found in the novel appears; Basil Hallward's niece played by Donna Reed. The film won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, and is remarkable for its crisp black-and-white photography, and a handful of technicolor shots of the portrait, which was painted originally by Henrique Medina. Ivan le Lorraine Albright made the changes during the production. The picture took Albright a year to finish and currently hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago.
*"Dorian Gray", also known as "The Evils of Dorian Gray" or "The Secret of Dorian Gray" (1970)
*:Directed by Massimo Dallamano; screenplay by Marcello Coscia; Massimo Dallamano and Günter Ebert
*:Starring Helmut Berger as Dorian Gray; Richard Todd as Basil Hallward; Herbert Lom as Henry Wotton; Marie Liljedahl as Sybil Vane
*"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1973) (made-for-television)
*:Directed by Glenn Jordan; screenplay by John Tomerlin
*:Starring Shane Briant as Dorian Gray; Charles Aidman as Basil Hallward; Nigel Davenport as Henry Wotton; Vanessa Howard as Sybil Vane
*"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1976) (made-for-television)
*:Directed by John Gorrie; screenplay by John Osborne
*:Starring Peter Firth as Dorian Gray; Jeremy Brett as Basil Hallward; John Gielgud as Henry Wotton; Judi Bowker as Sibyl Vane
*"Le Portrait de Dorian Gray" (1977)
*:Directed by Pierre Boutron; screenplay by Pierre Boutron
*:Starring Patrice Alexsandre as Dorian Gray; Denis Manuel as Basil Hallward; Raymond Gérôme as Henry Wotton; Marie-Hélène Breillat as Sybil
*"The Sins of Dorian Gray" (1983) (made-for-television)
*:Directed by Tony Maylam; screenplay by Ken August and Peter Lawrence
*:Starring Belinda Bauer as a female Dorian Gray; Anthony Perkins as Henry Lord
*"Dorian", also known as "Pact with the Devil" (2001)
*:Directed by Allan A Goldstein; screenplay by Peter Jobin and Ron Raley
*:Starring Ethan Erickson as Louis/Dorian; Malcolm McDowell as Henry Wotton; Amy Sloan as Sybil
*"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (2003)
*:Directed by Stephen Norrington
*:Written by James Dale Robinson
*:Starring Stuart Townsend as Dorian Gray
*"Dorian" (2004)
*:Written and Directed by Brendan Dougherty Russo
*:Starring Andrew Vanette as Dorian Gray; Stephen Fontana as Basil Hallward; Michael Multari as Henry; Danielle Matarese as Sibyl Vane
*"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (2004)
*:Directed by David Rosenbaum; screenplay by David Rosenbaum
*:Starring Josh Duhamel as Dorian Gray; Rainer Judd as Basil Ward; Branden Waugh as Harry Wotton (changed from Henry for unknown reasons); Darby Stanchfield as Sybil Vane; Brian Durkin as James Vane
*"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (2006)
*:Directed by Duncan Roy; screenplay by Duncan Roy
*:Starring David Gallagher as Dorian Gray
*"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (2007)
*:Directed by Jon Cunningham; screenplay by Jon Cunningham and Deborah Warner
*"Dorian Gray" (2009)
*:Directed by Oliver Parker; screenplay by Toby Finlay
*:Starring Ben Barnes as Dorian

Literature

* "The Detritus of Dorian Gray" appeared in a book of poems with the same title written by Kevin Max.
* "Dorian, an Imitation" (2002) is a modern take of the original book, written by Will Self. It updates the original by placing events in June 1981, a time according to Self when "Britain was in the process of burning most of its remaining illusions." [http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/generalfiction/0,,800783,00.html Observer review: Dorian by Will Self] - a review of Will Self's reworking of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (retrieved 26 August 2006)]
* "A Portrait of Dorian Gray" (2005) is the fashion designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld's rendition of the novel in photography. The models Larry Scott and Eva Herzigova star as Mr. and Mrs. Dorian Gray.

Plays and musicals

A theatrical production of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" was staged by John Osborne in the mid 1970s.

The Hungarian playwright Matyas Varkonyi wrote a musical of the book. It was premiered in 1990. [http://www.doriangraymusical.co.uk Website] .

The Canadian playwright Ted Dykstra, along with lyricist Steven Mayoff, wrote a musical titled "Dorian" based upon the book. The musical premiered in 2002 and is set in the late 1900s, with the character of Dorian transformed from a member of the idle rich to an aspiring young model. [http://dorianrocks.com] .

In 2006 a Czech musical based on the novel premiered in Prague [http://www.obrazdorianagraye.cz] .

In 2007 Australian playwrights [http://www.diatomicproductions.com Greg Eldridge] and [http://www.diatomicproductions.com Liam Suckling] wrote a three-act stage adaptation which premiered in Melbourne to a sold-out season. It is currently performing a second season at the Melbourne Fringe Festival from Oct 7 - 19. [http://www.doriangray.com.au Website] .

Choreographer Matthew Bourne's contemporary dance adaption of the story, titled "Dorian Gray" made its debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2008.


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