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Wilde: Screenplay

Mitchell, Julian

ISBN 10: 0787114111 / ISBN 13: 9780787114114
Published by Newstar Pr, 1997
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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0787114111 Fully illustrated with stills from the film as well as candid production images. Preface by Stephen Fry, who portrayed Oscar Wilde in the film. Bookseller Inventory # 010094

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Title: Wilde: Screenplay

Publisher: Newstar Pr

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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To tie-in with the 1997 film release, here is the true story of Oscar Wilde, the man who amused and shocked Edwardian London by becoming an icon of profound artistry, the vilest depravity, and the highest ideals of personal, social, and sexual freedom. With extraordinary depth, humor, and sensitivity, the book follows Wilde's career and personal life. Through it all, Wilde emerges as a man of charm and substance, a true philosopherperhaps simply born before his time.

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Any dramatic rendition of Oscar Wilde's life is graced by having most of the witty lines written by Oscar himself. Julian Mitchell's screenplay is a marvel of composition and compression, charting Wilde's fall from the dizzying heights of social success and artistic fame to the abyss of infamy and disgrace--a modern Greek tragedy peppered with epigrammatic wit and a keen sense of sexual politics.

Mitchell begins Wilde's story as the writer's fame is nearing its apex, and takes him through the wildly successful years as a playwright, followed by the scandal, the trials and the imprisonment. Striking a perfect balance between his subject's personal life and public humiliations, and between wit and weariness, Mitchell captures a remarkable sense of the man without ever losing sight of the social and political context in which he lived, flourished, and suffered. The screenplay is accompanied with beautifully reproduced stills from the film and complete cast and technical credits as well as an witty, informed introduction by the film's eponymous star, novelist/actor Stephen Fry. --Michael Bronski

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