The Happy Prince is a richly detailed and deeply affecting look at the final days of Oscar Wilde, penned and directed by a man who knows the life and work of the Irish writer intimately.
Rupert Everett has starred in two film adaptations of Wilde’s works and played Wilde at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in David Hare’s The Judas Kiss, which is set in the same time period.
Exiled from his London home after being released from prison and hard labour for a conviction of “gross indecency,” the demoralized writer – separated from his wife (Emily Watson) and sons – is eking out an existence in France and Italy with the help of friends and former lovers, including the fatally glamorous Alfred Bosie Douglas (Colin Morgan).
Written & Directed by: Rupert Everett
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Emily Watson
Oscar Wilde is up there with Mark Twain when it comes to witty quotes. Here are a few:
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do.