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‘Dorian Gray' is a Tall Tale on the Effects of Being Vain

 - Aug 12, 2009
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This is the trailer for the upcoming movie "Dorian Gray." The ‘Picture of Dorian Gray’ is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890.

The story is about Dorian Gray whose beauty is captivated in a painting by artist Basil Hallward. When he realizes that one day his beauty will go away, Dorian cries out, wanting to sell his soul to ensure the portrait Basil painted would age instead of himself. Dorian’s wish is then fulfilled, bringing him into debauched acts.

The portrait serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement of his form, or through a sign of aging.

It’s an interesting look at the power of outer beauty.