The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

DVD - 2019
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In a cheap Parisian hotel, Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed and recalls his past with wit and irony. Was he once the most famous man in London? He reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the devotion of Robbie Ross, who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris, Oscar is a penniless vagabond, shunned by his old acquaintances, but revered by a strange group of outlaws to whom he tells the old stories - his incomparable talent still sharp.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: HAPPY
Audience: CHV rating 14A.
Alternative Title: Happy prince (Motion picture)


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Feb 17, 2020

A delight and a tour de force by Rupert Everett, who captures the tragedy, humour and self indulgence of Wilde's story after his release from prison. Background support from Colin Firth plus a lovely cameo by Tom Wilkinson. Excellent cinematography and editing, along with some memorable one-liners.

Feb 05, 2020

I liked the movie which begins with the story after his trial, though the flashbacks were a bit confusing.
I still prefer the 1960 verson called Oscar Wilde, with actors Robert Morley and Ralph Richardson, which begins the story before the trial.

Nov 19, 2019

Directed, written and starring Rupert Everett in his directorial debut in 2018, this docudrama depicts the life of Oscar Wilde after spending in jail for hard labor convicted of homosexuality.
Although Bosie, Wilde's lover, called Robbie a little fucking cunt, Robbie paid off Oscar's debts and dedicated the rest of his life to reviving his friend's work and reputation.
Robbie died in 1918.
His ashes are buried with Oscar.
Bosie died penniless and alone in 1945.
Along with 75,000 other men convicted for homesexuality Oscar was pardoned in 2017.
Quite interesting; good movie for homesexual people.

Nov 07, 2019

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Nov 06, 2019

A sad if not tragic ending of the brilliant poet and playwright. The complex unconventional Wilde is played by Rupert Everett while the bigger stars Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson are supporting actors. Excellent script with witty and sarcastic dialect worthy of Wilde. Per Wiki: The film's title alludes to the children's story by Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Tales, which Wilde would read aloud to his children (and other children.) Available at Gutenberg site and includes five short tales: The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket.

Oct 28, 2019

I enjoyed it and the performances of everyone in it (Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson as an unshockable priest, etc). I teach Wilde's fairy story `The Happy Prince' occasionally and always get a bit choked up by the ending. That was even more so with the story's appearance in this film and the switch between Wilde at the end of his life reading it to a poor child in his dingy garret, and remembering reading it to his two boys whom he has been prevented from seeing. I have nothing but praise for Rupert Everett for all the hats he wore (writer, producer etc etc) in getting this story to the screen. Great work all round.

Sep 29, 2019

Rupert Everett wrote, directed and starred in this amazing movie. And Colin Firth, who also stars, says it was one of the best scripts he ever read.

Aug 16, 2019

An amazing film, acting, directing, costumes, everything is well done.

Jul 18, 2019

I have very mixed feelings about this film. There seemed to be an awkwardness in the directing and the time sequences. The performances were very good. I couldn't help comparing Everett's voice inflections to that of Sydney Greenstreet. If I closed my eyes and didn't see Rupert Everett I would have sworn I was listening to Sydney Greenstreet. Nevertheless, I found the movie slow moving and boring in parts. The final years of Wilde's life were sad and it didn't take the entire movie to make the point as to the causes of his demise and who stuck with him and who did not. The most interesting part of the drama in Wilde's life was the actual circumstances surrounding the civil and criminal trials. There is very little of that in this film. But the film is beautifully shot and the acting is very good.

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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Nov 06, 2019

Song in the film is adapted from "The Boy I Love Is Up in the Gallery" written in 1885 by George Ware:

I'm a young girl, and have just come over,
Over from the country where they do things big,
And amongst the boys I've got a lover,
And since I've got a lover, why I don't care a fig.

***The boy I love is up in the gallery,
The boy I love is looking now at me,
There he is, can't you see, waving his handkerchief,
As merry as a robin that sings on a tree.***

The boy that I love, they call him a cobbler,
But he's not a cobbler, allow me to state.
For Johnny is a tradesman and he works in the Boro'
Where they sole and heel them, whilst you wait.


Now, If I were a Duchess and had a lot of money,
I'd give it to the boy who's going to marry me.
But I haven't got a penny, so we'll live on love and kisses,
And be just as happy as the birds on the tree.


Nov 06, 2019

Here are a few not posted in IMDb yet:

Mr Wilde, I... I... just wish...
-Never wish, madam. It might come true. But thank you... for a moment's harmony in a discordant fugue.

The boy I love
Is up in the gallery
The boy I love is looking down at me
There he is, can't you see?
Waving his handkerchief
As merry as a cricket
That lives on the leaf
("The Boy I Love Is Up in the Gallery" written in 1885 by George Ware.)
Oscar Wilde. The crime of which you have been convicted is so bad that one has to put the sternest restraint upon oneself from describing the sentiments,
which must rise to the breast of every man of honour. It is no use to address you. People who do these things must be dead to all sense of shame.
And though my heart is broken, hearts are made to be broken... That is why God sends sorrow to the world.
Father... look with pity on your servant, Oscar. Absolve him of his sins. And Mr Wilde, examine your conscience. There are no secrets between God and man.


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