The Happy Prince (15)

the happy prince

From the archive

This film was last shown on 12 July 2018

In 1888, Oscar Wilde published a story called The Happy Prince about a selfless swallow and a heart-broken statue, almost a century before homosexuality was decriminalised. This is the story of the last years of his life told through fragments of memory from his Paris deathbed. Once one of the most famous writers in England, Wilde is now in exile after being released following a conviction for ‘gross indecency’.  Impoverished and confined to his room where the ‘wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death’ flashbacks draw a portrait of his life - from loves and glory days to squalor and torment post prison. Oscar Wilde was pardoned in 2017 after the Alan Turing law.


Rupert Everett
Belgium, Germany, Italy, UK
105 mins
Colin Firth, Emma Watson, Rupert Everett


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