Lent: Part 2

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) – I could have done without the narration. Was it not until after the war that filmmakers invented the principle of “Show, don’t tell”? Sure, a lot of internal motivation was revealed that would otherwise have gone unseen on Hurd Hatfield’s immobile face, but when the narrator says “and then something extraordinary happened”… well, yes, of course it did. I’m watching a psychological horror story laced with magic. I expect the occasional extraordinary thing.

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