Saturday, October 15, 2005

Wilde TV preview

(Running out of puns.)

This is from today's Australian, by Evan Williams.

Wilde (10.35pm, SBS) is the biopic we had to have. Not only is Stephen Fry a dead ringer for Oscar, and a more convincing look-alike than Robert Morley or Peter Finch (who played Wilde in two remarkable 1960 movies), Brian Gilbert's film takes full advantage of the more relaxed social attitudes of the 1990s to explore Wilde's homosexuality in moving depth and detail. Fry's magnificent performance, with touching support from Jennifer Ehle as Wilde's wife Constance, makes for a wholly absorbing film (drawn from Richard Ellman's biography), with Tom Wilkinson equally memorable as Oscar's nemesis, the Marquess of Queensbury.

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