The Happy Prince (MA15+)
In 1885, Oscar Wilde wrote in a letter to his friend James Whistler, "Be warned in time, James; and remain, as I do, incomprehensible: to be great is to be misunderstood." Wilde could not have known how tragically true those words would be a mere decade later. After his highly publicized trial in 1895, Wilde was convicted of "gross indecency" and sentenced to two years' hard labor. Most of his friends deserted him. Upon his release in 1897, his health ruined, he went into exile in France and died three years later, nearly friendless and destitute. He was only 46 years old. (Wilde was posthumously pardoned—along with 50,000 other men—in 2017.) "The Happy Prince," written, directed, and starring Rupert Everett, tells of Wilde's final 3 years, his isolation, his health issues, his increasing despondence. This is Everett's first film as a director. What he brings to the table—as a director, writer, and actor—is his intuitive "take" on Oscar Wilde and the performance alone makes this riveting and revelatory viewing.
Special Notes: Strong Coarse Language
Run Time: 115
Origin: UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany
Language: English, Italian, French, Latin
Director: Rupert Everett
Cast: Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson