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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Happy Prince

2018, Rupert Everett, UK, 105 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 4th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 4th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 5th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 6th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jan 7th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 9th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 10th 6:00pm

"A deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage."--Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Anyone expecting this  biopic  to be an unremitting tale of misery and humiliation should prepare for a joyous surprise... this is a spirited and humane homage from an actor who knows and understands his subject inside out."--Jason Rees, The Film Desk

Closet-busting pioneer and consummate Oscar Wilde interpreter Rupert Everett (AN IDEAL HUSBAND, David Hare's biodrama "The Judas Kiss") spent ten years pursuing this passion project, which concentrates on the last three years in the life of the disgraced writer and gay icon. The story begins after Wilde has served a prison sentence of two years hard labor for "gross indecency." Fleeing Victorian England, he seeks a fresh start in France, but his lavish appetites, dwindling funds ("I am dying beyond my means," he quips), and poor health hasten his decline. The fallen giant does not go quietly, ill-advisedly resuming his disastrous affair with Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas, presiding over a naked all-male rendition of "Salomé" in Naples, and wending to the Paris demimonde for the final act of a tumultuous life. First-time director Everett shows a sure hand with period detail and a canny understanding of the complexities of being illegally gay, but the centerpiece of the film is his own magnificent performance, an unvarnished portrayal of a flawed but great spirit that some critics have compared to Orson Welles's Falstaff in CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT. In English, French, and Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Note: The screenings on Friday, January 4 at 2 PM and on Monday, January 7 at 6 PM will be open-captioned.

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