The Happy Prince by Rupert Everett

Genre:
Biography, Tragicomedy
Year:
2016
Language:
English, Italian, French
Format:
90 minutes
Starring:
Rupert Everett (AN IDEAL HUSBAND, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, HYSTERIA)
Colin Firth (THE KING'S SPEECH, A SINGLE MAN)
Hugh Dancy (HANNIBAL)
Emily Watson (BREAKING THE WAVES)
Thomas Edwin
Tom Wilkinson (MICHAEL CLAYTON)
Colin Morgan (MERLIN)
Edward Fox (GHANDI)
Miranda Richardson (SLEEPY HOLLOW)
Directed by:
Rupert Everett (AN IDEAL HUSBAND, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, HYSTERIA)
Produced by:
maze pictures and Entre Chien et Loup in co-production with Palomar and in association with BBC Films, Beta Cinema, Lionsgate UK, Concorde Filmverleih, Raindog Films, Movie Management Corporation, Zielke GmbH, Daryl Prince Productions, Strat et Go International and co-produced by cine plus Filmproduktion, Tele München Group, Radio Television Belge Francophone and Proximus

The untold story of the last days of Oscar Wilde
Starring Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Rupert Everett.


This great man of letters is now a superstar on the skids. We are taken on a final nocturnal ramble through Paris. Totally inebriated Oscar falls off a table at a Varieté. In bed, dying, the past floods back. We immerge into the great love stories of Oscar Wilde, notably his relationship to Lord Alfred Douglas which, observed under the microscope of death, is revealed for what it really is – a passionate affair based on snobbery.And yet, through the smoky fumes of cigars and absinthe, appears a twinkle of love: Robbie.

Sternly devoted to Oscar like no other friend before. Oscar's visions intensify. Past scenes of passion, ignorance and humiliation are reviewed in his minds eye. By now, Oscar's brain has flickered into oblivion, the spectres of memory haunt him: His wife Constance, who he failed miserably and who still loves him, his sons, ashen and unforgiving, and at last Jesus Christ.

Oscar tries to encounter suffering with irony and desperately performs the tragedy of his life to the very end.


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Rupert everett recently starred to rave reviews as Oscar Wilde in a play by David Hare entitled THE JUDAS KISS:

“The most convincing dramatic portrait of Wilde that I have come across … it also allows Rupert Everett to give the performance of his career.”
(THE GUARDIAN)

“it is inevitably hard to disengage Wilde from the pose, but Everett fi nds in Hare's words the pathos, anger and fearsome intelligence beneath his overwhelmingly tragic loyalty to love.”
(THE STAGE REVIEWS)