THE HAPPY PRINCE

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Rupert Everett shows com­mand­ing range as writer, di­rec­tor and star of this thought­ful Os­car Wilde biopic. Rather than re­peat Wilde’s oft­drama­tised rise and fall, how­ever, Everett fo­cuses on the writer’s fi­nal years in Euro­pean ex­ile, bat­tling penury and prej­u­dice while in­ex­orably drawn back to the af­fair that ru­ined him. Nat­u­rally, there’s waspish wit to spare, but this is mostly a melan­choly, mov­ing tragedy. Everett’s di­rec­tion has a suit­ably faded, fin de siè­cle grandeur and his per­for­mance bursts with wounded ro­mance. Si­mon Kin­n­ear

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