Spiritual Friendship and Self-Abasing Love in a New Wilde Biopic

Spiritual Friendship and Self-Abasing Love in a New Wilde Biopic November 19, 2018

which I review for America magazine:

There is a moment toward the beginning of Rupert Everett’s new Oscar Wilde biopic, “The Happy Prince,” when Wilde interrupts his welcome-back-from-prison party to declaim, “I met Christ in prison.”

His friend Reggie Turner (Colin Firth) quips, “Oh? What was she in for?”, but Oscar is having none of it: “Don’t joke, Reggie.” Everett, who is writer, director and star here, lets you hear all the curlicues in Oscar’s voice, the delectation of his own surrender. Oscar performs the role of the Man Who Met Christ in Prison, and it is only more amusing and piquant because he did really meet Christ in prison.

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