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Pact with the Devil (2003)

Dorian (original title)
A modern retelling of the Oscar Wilde novel.

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Allan A. Goldstein
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Cast

Credited cast:
Malcolm McDowell ... Henry
Ethan Erickson ... Louis / Dorian
Victoria Sanchez ... Mariella Steiner
Ron Lea ... Detective Giatti
Jennifer Nitsch Jennifer Nitsch ... Bae
Karen Cliche ... Christine
Amy Sloan ... Sybil
Carl Alacchi ... James
Bronwen Booth ... Trina
Henri Pardo Henri Pardo ... Cop at Crime Scene
Daniella Ferrera Daniella Ferrera ... Woman #1 at Dorian's Loft (as Daniela Ferrera)
Jane McLean ... Woman #2 at Dorian's Loft
Ellen David ... Diana Baker
Christoph Waltz ... Rolf Steiner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hunter Phoenix ... Isabella
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Storyline

While temporarily working in a photographic studio with the famous photographer Bae, the simple and handsome worker Louis meets her manager Henry, who is impressed with his beauty. He invites Louis for taking some pictures, gives the artistic name of Dorian to him as a homage to "Dorian Gray" and a framed picture of him. Louis wishes to have the same fate of Dorian Gray, and from this moment on, he becomes very successful in the career of model. As years go by, he notes that only his picture ages, and he has the same face of years ago. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Beauty is only skin deep.

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pact with the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Almost a waste of time if it wasn't for some laughable moments and the good-looking Dorian
9 June 2011 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

"The Portrait Dorian Gray", the classic story written by Oscar Wilde in 1890, was adapted to the modern times in "Dorian", a quite cheesy film that brings the same story with an giant variety of changes and characterizations of events, in short a drastic summary for people who hate read books and prefers to watch images.

The story goes from the 1980's to the 2000's; Dorian (played by Ethan Erickson) isn't rich, he's a young worker that happens to be in the right place at the right moment when his beauty is noticed by Henry (Malcolm McDowell) who wants to transform the average worker into a famous top model. Instead of painted picture Dorian is immortalized into a photograph that will become ugly, scary while he'll never get old after making a pact with the devil (the notion we get is that Henry is the devil who steal cute guys souls to take). There's the forever young theme, the romance between Dorian and Sybil; tragedies, beauty vs. ugliness vs. intelligence and body vs. soul, and the elements and quotations perfectly written by Wilde in his masterpiece.

But there's something rotten in this film, something that doesn't work quite right. Actually, many things. The wooden acting from the casting (but hey, 'Mr. Hans Landa' Christoph Waltz is there to give an impressive job here), the script that is pretty laughable at so many moments (the photo session with Dorian trying to do a sexy pose is one of those); and once you love the book, know how everything is so perfect and beautiful in it, you can't never achieve greatness in an update like this. A remake with period costumes, closer to what the writer wrote, like the one made in 1945, works way better than this.

"Dorian" only works when it comes to see how handsome Dorian is, I mean, the main actor who looks incredibly hot whether shirtless, showing his great body or just wearing those tight jeans, so nice to look, he's very hunky. His female co-stars are equally good, except for the one who plays Sybil Vane, which might only be attractive to the director or Dorian's eyes.

This Dorian Gray's modernization might work for the poor souls who haven't got the opportunity, or the time and patience to read one of the most dazzling and respected classic of English Literature. To me, it was just an silly entertainment, with some good laughable moments. 4/10


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