The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen edition.
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"The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor"
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD HAP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 105 min.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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May 26, 2019

a well-done bio-pic about Oscar Wilde in the 1890's.. But I thought it was boring most of the time..very s.l..o..w… I only give it 2. 1/2 thumb snaps out of 5

May 23, 2019

There’s no doubt that Rupert Everett had his heart in the right place when he decided to write, direct, and star in this biopic tracing the final years of Oscar Wilde. But even his good intentions cannot overcome some sloppy editing and jarring temporal shifts that are more dizzying than dazzling. Everett puts in a passionate performance as the playwright who valued beauty and love above all else only to be denied both in the end, but despite the occasional bon mot and angry flourish his Wilde comes across as something static and broken with little to suggest the terrible wit behind those haunted eyes. Colin Firth and Edwin Thomas play his remaining two friends with suitable gravitas while Emily Watson makes the most from her few walk-ons as his estranged wife and Colin Morgan runs hot and cold as the tempestuous lover who precipitated Wilde’s downfall when news of their dalliance reached the wrong ears. A lesson on a shameful chapter in English history—according to an end title some 75,000 gay men faced similar fates—which ultimately suffers from too many time jumps as Wilde’s memories offer up nice scenery but precious little insight.

Apr 26, 2019

Watched about 10 minutes - highlighted the worst -

Apr 24, 2019

Exquisitely done, a real slice of life when Life takes away all the hard won trappings of talent, accomplishment, fame. Such a tragic tale and yet there are still humans that refuse to observe what is simply a part of Life; that there are a small percentage of humans that are homosexual, that so many are deep, valuable human beings. Everett's apex thus far!

Apr 18, 2019

Wow. Rupert Everett directing this movie and taking the main role by a storm. Rupert was absolutely mind blowing - must be his lifetime role.
It was an interesting movie about an important historical figure. Make sure you set up English subtitles for hearing impaired. Otherwise you are watching majority of the movie in French.
Oscar Wilde along with another 75000 men were posthumously pardoned by the British Kingdom for their homosexuality in 2017!

Mar 13, 2019

So sad that such a great writer was broken physically and emotionally simply because of the hatred of homosexuality. Rupert Everett does a such a great job of disappearing into the character of Wilde that I did not realize he was playing the role until the final credits. Thankfully a few people remained loyal to Wilde and helped him after his release from prison and up until his death. Reggie Turner, Colin Firth, even paid off his debts after Wilde's death. Alfred "Bosie" Douglas is shown as a user of Wilde who did not help him with his debts. Excellent film. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 06, 2019

Brilliant film that was loving written, directed, and performed by Rupert Everett. Clearly a passion project for his directorial debut. The casting was phenomenal and the plot riveting. This is a very hard time period in Oscar Wilde's life and they make the film more palatable by jumping to around the time line in order to add brevity and moments of success to juxtapose his downtrodden state and decline.

Feb 28, 2019

A look at the worst part of man's life, reveling in his degradation and illness. Wilde was a brilliant writer who was targeted by homophobic critics and a homophobic government. I cannot understand why anyone would make this movie.

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