THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY

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THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY

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Massimo Dallamano

1970  93 minutes  1.66:1  Italy

Editions: DVD

In London, a wealthy, god-like, young man, Dorian Gray, loves Sybil, an aspiring actress; thanks to her, he’s momentarily less self-centered. He’s also sitting, scantily clad, for a portrait painted by his ascot-wearing friend, Basil. When it’s done, Dorian complains he’ll grow old while it stays unchanged- the classic plight of the vain

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Synopsis

Never before released on DVD in the U.S., The Secret of Dorian Gray is a seventies classic Italian film restored to its original splendor. In London, a wealthy, god-like, young man, Dorian Gray, loves Sybil, an aspiring actress; thanks to her, he’s momentarily less self-centered. He’s also sitting, scantily clad, for a portrait painted by his ascot-wearing friend, Basil. When it’s done, Dorian complains he’ll grow old while it stays unchanged- the classic plight of the vain. On the same night, as if he has sold his soul to the devil, exchanging vanity for morality, he ends it with Sybil, and then accepts the seductive offer of a party’s hostess to sleep with her. The next day, the painting looks slightly older. In horror and fascination, Dorian hides it away and continues a life of degradation. Over time, as the portrait becomes hideous, he’s unchanged by his ever-increasing libidinal life; finally, he and Basil face the painting. The exceptionally groovy score by Giuseppe De Luca enhances the seventies milieu.
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Reviews

Billed as “a modern allegory based on the work of Oscar Wilde...the screenplay makes plenty of room to explore Dorian’s exploits... especially the “unveiling” of its homoerotic content..
— DVDBeaver
The plot adheres fairly closely to Wilde’s novel. I have no objection in principle to updating classics to modern settings, but this is one of those rare cases where the updating not only works, it works perfectly.
— Prince Planet Movie

Cast and Credits

Director
Massimo Dallamano

Writers
Marcello CosciaMassimo Dallamano

Producer
Moris Ergas

Cast
Helmut BergerRichard ToddHerbert Lom, and Maria Rohm

Cinematography
Otello Spila

Editing
Leo Jahn and Nicholas Wentworth

Music
Peppino De Luca and Carlos Pes

Special Features

Interview with the assistant director Maurizio Tanfani.
A fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis.
New Digital Transfer from Original 35mm Negative Print.
A fully illustrated Booklet including critical analysis of the film.
Digitally Restored and Remastered.

New and Improved English subtitle translation.

Production: Italy – 1970
Running time: 93 minutes, color
Language: Italian and English Dubbed version
Subtitles: Optional English
Audio: Dolby digital 2.0 Mono
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
 

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