The Man With The Green Carnation

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography

Oscar Wilde's fall from grace is given a fine depiction here with Finch starring as the ill-starred playwright. As the story begins, Wilde is engaged in a relationship with Lord Douglas (Fraser), son of the Marquis of Queensberry (Jeffries). When the Marquis accuses Wilde of sodomy, the playwright sues him for libel. Sir Edward Clark (Mason) is retained...read more

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Oscar Wilde's fall from grace is given a fine depiction here with Finch starring as the ill-starred playwright. As the story begins, Wilde is engaged in a relationship with Lord Douglas (Fraser), son of the Marquis of Queensberry (Jeffries). When the Marquis accuses Wilde of sodomy, the

playwright sues him for libel. Sir Edward Clark (Mason) is retained to defend the Marquis, and over the course of the trial he proves that Wilde is a practicing homosexual and the Marquis is acquitted. However, the revelations brought forth in the trial lead to charges of gross indecency being

filed against Wilde. He suffers through two trials before being convicted, then spends two years in prison. Upon his release, he decides to leave the country, bidding a tearful farewell to his wife (Mitchell). Finch does a fine job of conveying the way Wilde's wit and vibrant personality are

slowly destroyed by his public humiliation. When the film concentrates on Wilde and his lifestyle, it is quite entertaining, but the lengthy courtroom scenes are dull and slow the film down.

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