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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, short story writer and Freemason. Known for his barbed and clever wit, he was one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Homosexuality was still against the law in England (and in fact would remain so until 1967) and Wilde was arrested for 'gross indecency' and sentenced to two years hard labour in 1895. He never fully recovered from this and would die penniless three years after his release. "Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination." - Oscar Wilde

A Good Woman (2004)

6.5/10
Director: Mike Barker
Starring: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Mark Umbe...

One of Oscar Wilde's most popular plays, 'Lady Windermere's Fan', is moved to '30s New York. Helen Hunt is Mrs Erlynne, the widow living comfortably o... Read more

An Ideal Husband (1999)

6.9/10
Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore

Devoted womaniser and partygoer Arthur Goring (Rupert Everett) is famed for his elegance, repartee and refusal to take anything seriously. When called... Read more

Dorian Gray (2009)

6.3/10
Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Ben Chaplin, Caroline Goodall, Colin Firth, Fiona Shaw, Rebecca Hall, Ben Barnes...

Young Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) arrives fresh on the London social scene and is taken under the wing of corrupt, devilish Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firt... Read more

Oscar Wilde Vol 1: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1976) / The Importance of Being Earnest (1988)

Director: John Gorrie, Stuart Burge
Starring: Rupert Frazer, Gemma Jones, Alec McCowen, Paul McGann, Natalie Ogle, Joan Plowri...

Acclaimed BBC adaptations of two of Oscar Wilde's most esteemed works. Lovingly restored, these plays feature a who's who of great actors of the Briti... Read more

Oscar Wilde Vol 2: An Ideal Husband (1969) / Lady Windemere's Fan (1985)

Director: Rudolph Cartier, Tony Smith
Starring: Margaret Leighton, Keith Michell, Jeremy Brett, Dinah Sheridan, Susan Hampshire,...

Volume 2 of the BBC's Oscar Wilde adaptations includes the comedies 'An Ideal Husband' (1969) with Margaret Leighton and Keith Michell; and 'Lady Wind... Read more

Salome (1992)

8.1/10
Director: Derek Bailey, Peter Hall
Starring: Maria Ewing, Michael Devlin, Kenneth Riegel

Richard Strauss' erotic, one-act adaptation of Oscar Wilde's poetic play is filled with decadence, lavish sets and stirring singing. Maria Ewing turns... Read more

Salome's Last Dance (1988)

6.7/10
Director: Ken Russell
Starring: Glenda Jackson, Stratford Johns, Nickolas Grace

British eccentric director Ken Russell pays homage to another flamboyant creative artist, Oscar Wilde, in this colourful adaptation of Wilde's banned... Read more

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

6.9/10
Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Wilkinson, Franc...

Sublime reworking of Oscar Wilde's timeless comedy from director Oliver Parker ('An Ideal Husband') features flashbacks and fantasy sequences to enhan... Read more

The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

7.6/10
Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Michael Redgrave, Richard Wattis, Michael Denison

Oscar Wilde's play took over 57 years to reach the big screen but it was worth the wait. A colourful theatrical film about mating rituals in Great Bri... Read more

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973)

6.6/10
Director: Glenn Jordan
Starring: Nigel Davenport, Shane Briant, Charles Aidman, Fionnula Flanagan

Can the gift of eternal youth and beauty be a curse? It is in this made-for-TV rendition of the Oscar Wilde shocker. Shane Briant plays the debauched... Read more