Saturday, December 10, 2011

Repost: All that Is Wilde

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...the real tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self-denial. Beautiful sins, like beautiful things, are the privilege of the rich." -Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Last night I watched a video called 
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde. The ever fabulous c over at Scatter O'light turned me on to it beause it features Bono, Larry Mullen and Gavin Friday.

The whole video was people quoting Oscar Wilde or wishing him happy 150th birthday (rather self-consciously in some cases.) Over a hundred personalities stood in front of a blue screen and delivered some fairly famous lines.

Here's a sample of some of the quotes used:

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. - Quoted by Larry Mullen
There's only one thing in the world that's worse than being talked about and that's not being talked about. - Quoted by Larry Mullen

Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!

Some kill their love when they are young,
And some when they are old;
Some strangle with the hands of Lust,
Some with the hands of Gold:
The kindest use a knife, because
The dead so soon grow cold.
Some love too little, some too long,
Some sell, and others buy;
Some do the deed with many tears,
And some without a sigh:
For each man kills the thing he loves,
Yet each man does not die.

- Quoted by Bono & Gavin Friday

The project was done in support of Amnesty International and all the people appearing in the film gave their time freely. The "making of" documentary on the DVD was interesting. It seems that once Bono and Larry put their hats into the ring everything got going. The documentary had a few funny scenes, mostly of people flubbing their lines or missing cues or just fooling around. I like the shots of Bono getting his chest hair fixed by the makeup artist. He makes a comment about a Tom Jones problem. Also cute is the director telling Larry to smile. He says that after 25 years of not smiling it's a hard habit to break.

There were a lot of British and Irish actors that I've never heard of in the film. I'm sure some of you out there know a fair lot more than I. I did manage to recognize, Barry Bostwick, Ed Begley Jr., Stuart Copeland, Tyne Daly, Martin Sheen, Rene Auberjonois and Rosie Perez.

After watching the film I realized that I haven't read any Oscar Wilde for a long time. I think I'll have to go find myself some this summer.

Reposts are posts written for previous journals or other places online that no longer exist.

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