Picture of a “Picture of Dorian Gray” (Glenn Jordan, 1973, Full Television Movie)


We reprint the Wikipedia list of  screen (and small screen) adaptations of Osca Wilde’s only novel, listed in chronological order of release or broadcast.

  • 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; Lois Weber, and Smalley. With screenplay by Weber.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1915)
    Directed by Eugene Moore. Produced by Thanhouser Film Corporation
  • 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 Sibyl 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.[1] Ivan Albright made the changes during the production. The picture took Albright a year to finish and currently hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • El Retrato de Dorian Gray (1969): A telenovela produced by Televisa
    Directed and produced by Ernesto Alonso
    Starring Enrique Álvarez Félix as Dorian Gray
  • 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 Sibyl 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 Sibyl Vane
    This film, which was presented as an entry in the ABC network’s Movie of the Week series, was produced by Dan Curtis, who was previously the creator/producer of the ABC afternoon daytime Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, which featured a storyline clearly inspired by Wilde’s novel, in which a portrait of Quentin Collins aged grotesquely while Collins himself remained youthful. Made virtually immortal by the portrait, Collins, a man born in 1870, turned up at his ancestral home one hundred years later using the pseudonym Grant Douglas, the initials of which (though reversed, perhaps so as to avoid being too obvious) may have been a nod to the character of Dorian Gray.
  • 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 Sibyl
  • 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
    This version sees Dorian Gray as an actress who becomes immortal while an audition tape she made ages for her.
  • 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 Sibyl
  • 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 (Lord Wotton is referred to as Harry and Henry in the novel); Darby Stanchfield as Sibyl 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
  • The Picture (of Dorian Gray) (2009)
    Directed by Jonathan Courtemanche; script by Neal Utterback
    Starring Hanna Dillon, Lawrence Evans, and Miles Heymann
  • Dorian Gray (2009)
    Directed by Oliver Parker; screenplay by Toby Finlay
    Starring Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray; Ben Chaplin as Basil Hallward; Colin Firth as Henry Wotton

Dorian-Gray-2009-full-movieAnd, dear reader, if you’ve followed us this far, we direct you to the 2009 version (mentioned last in the list). Though it stars Colin Firth, a fine actor in his own right, we share this with you to show just how ugly Dorian has gotten over time… how ugly the “Picture” has become since first adapted in movie form.. The film is a loud and (unintentionally) hideous Hollywood meatloaf of a movie… filled with cgi effects, overblown “action” sequences and apparently lacking all measure of artistic distance – or merit for that matter – from the literary work. Watch it, linked here,at your own peril.

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