The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

DVD - 2019
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The Happy Prince tells the untold story of the last days of Oscar Wilde. Though his last days were tragic, Wilde reflects on his life with humor at a distance. As he lays on his deathbed in Paris, memories of his life come to him in flashes. He recounts his fame in London and how he fell from grace in the same city. He looks back at his past lovers including his wife, his affair with a lord, and the love of someone who tried saving him in the end.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD H DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 105 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Happy prince (Motion picture)
ISBN: 9786317556300
631755630X

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PearlyKayAm1
Jun 07, 2019

A bit hard to follow because of frequent timeline shifts and language constantly switching between English and non-English. The subtitles were easy to read, but the opening/closing paragraphs had a small, difficult to read font. The darkness of the filming was a good adjunct to the darkness of the subject. Overall, a very good representation of the final years of Oscar Wilde, with just enough of the past thrown in for context.

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vickmeister
May 28, 2019

The last years of Oscar Wilde's life were years of great poverty and sadness, after a flamboyant life that had brought him considerable notice on the London stage and beyond only to be brought down by scandal. The ironic title betrays a depressing film that is well-acted, gorgeously shot, and very hard to watch as it depicts this once elegant man fallen far from the glory of his previous days. Married and with two sons, Wilde nevertheless found himself drawn to the company of young men. One would remain his lifelong friend while another, the self-centered "Bosie" aka Lord Alfred Douglas, would be both the love of his life and his ultimate undoing. To find out more about that part of Wilde's life I recommend the excellent film "Wilde," which stars Stephen Fry as Oscar and Jude Law as Bosie. Personally I think "Wilde" is the superior film, but Rupert Everett does do a fine job of portraying the defeated, dying Wilde.

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BBRUTTIG
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

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Nursebob
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.

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cmarie20
Apr 26, 2019

Watched about 10 minutes - highlighted the worst -

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Starpaws
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!

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Lucik32
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!

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maipenrai
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

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Carrena
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.

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LauraSteinert
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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