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the happy prince (Ru­pert Everett) is a richly de­tailed and deeply af­fect­ing look at the fi­nal days of Os­car Wilde. Ex­iled from Lon­don after be­ing re­leased from prison for a con­vic­tion of “gross in­de­cency,” the de­mor­al­ized writer (Ru­pert Everett) is ek­ing out an ex­is­tence in France and Italy with the help of friends and former lovers, in­clud­ing the fa­tally glam­orous Al­fred Bosie Dou­glas (Colin Mor­gan). Everett, who’s starred in adap­ta­tions of Wilde’s works, skil­fully mixes past and present, con­trast­ing the great wit in his prime (the bons mots come ef­fort­lessly) with poignant, but never sen­ti­men­tal, scenes of hard­ship. It takes a while for Everett’s sym­bolic use of Wilde’s epony­mous chil­dren’s tale to pay off, and the starry cast (Emily Wat­son, Colin Firth) is of­ten un­der­used. But what’s most re­fresh­ing is this is clearly the work of a queer man. Everett doesn’t san­i­tize or de-sex his Wilde, giv­ing him a li­bidi­nous glint in his eye even when ap­proach­ing death. 105 min. nnnn (Glenn Sumi)

Colin Firth (left), Ru­pert Everett and Ed­win Thomas bring Os­car Wilde’s fi­nal days to life.

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