🎥 The Trials of Oscar Wilde – 1960
The Story …
In the heart of Victorian England, the enigmatic and celebrated playwright Oscar Wilde takes center stage in “The Trials of Oscar Wilde.”
The narrative begins with Wilde’s meteoric rise to literary fame, his wit and charm captivating the cultural elite of the time.
However, the plot takes a dramatic turn as Wilde finds himself entangled in a forbidden affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, sparking a scandal that reverberates through the rigid corridors of Victorian society.
As the whispers of Wilde’s unconventional relationship echo through drawing rooms and tea salons, societal norms begin to close in on the audacious playwright …
The legal drama unfolds with intensity as Wilde faces charges of “gross indecency,” exposing the harsh moral judgments of the era. Peter Finch embodies the flamboyant and vulnerable Wilde, capturing the essence of a man whose love defied societal expectations.
The courtroom becomes the battleground for Wilde’s unapologetic defense of his identity and the love he dared to embrace.
Against the backdrop of lavish social circles and stern legal proceedings, the film paints a vivid picture of Wilde’s resilience in the face of relentless societal condemnation.
As the trials progress, the toll on Wilde’s health and reputation becomes palpable, shedding light on the personal sacrifices made in the pursuit of love and individuality. “The Trials of Oscar Wilde” transcends its legal drama roots, delving into themes of love, persecution, and societal expectations, offering a raw and unfiltered look at a pivotal period in history.
It concludes with the sombre aftermath of Wilde’s legal battles where, despite his impassioned defense, Wilde is found guilty of “gross indecency” and is sentenced to two years of hard labour.
The film depicts Wilde’s time in prison, highlighting the harsh conditions and the toll it takes on his health where, upon his release, Wilde lives out the remainder of his life in exile in France under the name Sebastian Melmoth …
- Directed by Ken Hughes
- Screenplay by Montgomery Hyde and Ken Hughes
- Based on The Stringed Lute by John Furnell
- Produced by Irving Allen, Albert R. Broccoli and Harold Huth
- Cinematography : Ted Moore
- Edited by Geoffrey Foot
- Music by Ron Goodwin
- Production Company : Warwick Films
- Distributed by Eros Films
- Release Date : 28 May 1960
- Peter Finch as Oscar Wilde
- Yvonne Mitchell as Constance Wilde
- Sonia Dresdel as Lady Wilde
- Emrys Jones as Robbie Ross
- Lionel Jeffries as Marquis of Queensbury
- James Mason as Sir Edward Carson
- Nigel Patrick as Sir Edward Clarke
- John Fraser as Lord Alfred Douglas
- Maxine Audley as Ada Leverson
- Ian Fleming as Arthur
- Laurence Naismith as the Prince of Wales
- James Booth as Alfred Wood
- Michael Goodliffe as Charles Gill
- Naomi Chance as Lillie Langtry
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