I was reminded today, re various social movements of recent months, of this quote by Oscar Wilde:
“Still, we have done great things.
– Great things have been thrust on us […].
– We have carried their burden.
– Only as far as the stock exchange.”
It’s as if he had predicted us all (or, more likely, humanity has not changed one bit). This one’s from The Picture of Dorian Gray, which is a pretty great book, though I must admit I’m a much bigger fan of the plays. Especially The Importance of
Being Earnest – not the most original of choices, I know – if only for the clever name (and Miss Prism’s three-volume
novel). Liking a certain text usually means being predestined to hate any screen version of it, but I kinda liked the 2002 movie. True, it lost of lot of Wildeness and true, it was too showy which occasionally came at the expense of the wit. Still. I absolutely adore Colin Firth, not to mention
Rupert Everett, who is, by the way, a strong competitor for Funniest Depiction of George IV, along side Hugh Laurie in “Blackadder the Third”. And believe me, it’s a though one. Everett’s version in “The
Madness of King George” is a much round character; but then, you know, Hugh
Laurie. So there’s that. I mean, his Prince George is just “lucky! lucky! luck! luck! luuuck, luuuuck, *random chicken sounds*”. As opposed to Everett’s deliciously subtle cruelty. Definitely a though one. Incidentally, Alan Bennett, who of course wrote Madness, is alumni at Oxford – as was Wilde… And we have come full circle. Good night!