The New Pictures, Mar. 12, 1945

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). Most literary classics and near-classics translate rather stodgily to the screen, no matter how faithful the adaptation. Oscar Wilde's famed and fancy morality legend is an exception. Its epigrams speak even more sharply than they read, and its dramatic essence is vividly visual. But though Writer-Director Albert Lewin, who also did The Moon and Sixpence (TIME, Oct. 19, 1942) deserves respect for a notably hard try, and though his Picture has some elegance, interest and excitement, it falls far short of what it should have been....

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