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Gay love stories on film: ''Wilde''

Alfred and Oscar, 'Wilde' (1997)

(Wilde: Kobal Collection)

Gay love stories on film: ”Wilde”

THE STORY Legendary playwright Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry, right) and his unstable younger lover Lord Alfred Douglas (Jude Law, left) struggle to keep their love alive — and Alfred’s father at bay — in late-19th-century London.

WHY IT’S MEMORABLE Law’s Alfred can be a petulant brat, but the characters’ longing to shout about the love that dare not speak its name is palpable, particularly during a barely disguised date where ordering lobster and fois gras becomes an act of social defiance.

WHAT EW SAID ”Well over six feet tall, ungainly yet self-possessed, with a sad, fleshy face and a keen intellect of his own, the gifted screenwriter-comedian-novelist and actor [Fry]…brings dignity and delicacy to the part.” C+ (Read the review)

Originally posted December 3 2005 — 12:00 AM EST

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