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305 Ratings

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Directed by Albert Lewin
United States, 1945
Drama, Fantasy, Horror


Handsome, young, but morally corrupt Dorian Gray has his portrait made. As the years pass, he does not age, but evidence of his sins are apparent in his portrait, which grows uglier with each transgression.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray Directed by Albert Lewin

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1946 | Winner: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

1946 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1946 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

Hugo Awards

1946 | Winner: Best Dramatic Presentation

Critics reviews

A trove of fusty Victorian bric-a-brac, “Dorian Gray” is not exactly campy, although the décor does on occasion run amok — as with a Balinese dance number that the producer Pandro S. Berman evidently cut short. Actually, the movie is something of a horror film…
December 26, 2014
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The interior of Gray’s apartment is designed to look like a museum, a cold receptacle that does not seem to allow for a human presence. Hurd Hatfield gives a performance of dreamlike roboticism, as if controlled by joystick off-screen, his voice an uninflected monotone. It is incredibly bold to have a void at the center of your movie, but Lewin seems to push Hatfield more and more into nothingness, until all that’s left of him are those improbably high cheekbones.
December 16, 2014
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