Have you ever seen the old 1945 version of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"? I think you might like it based on your movie suggestions. (It's one of my favorites.)
Yes I have seen that 1945 picture! It was very good. I read the book before my conversion and thought it good also but tried to read it again a few months ago and was appalled! I know that the author was a homosexual but I didn't realize how "gay" the book was until I read it with my now spiritually open eyes.
The movie did not impress me with that theme but since it was made in 1945, I don't believe that current running through the story would have been acceptable then.
Yes, that underlying theme runs through the movie for a reason--to oppose it. Did you also know that the author was also a long time admirer of Catholicism and died a good Catholic death:
"In 1899 Wilde traveled in Europe, an exile. In 1900 he was briefly in Rome with his companion Robbie Ross. They attended Masses and papal audiences, and Wilde received a blessing from Leo XIII that, he thought, even had a physically curative effect on him. As he joked to Ross, he was "a violent Papist," but he left Rome as he had come, still an admirer of sacred art and sacred ritual, of piety and the papacy, but not yet a Catholic. His health deteriorating and his drinking excessive, Wilde left Rome for Paris, where the final scene of his long conversion would be played.
On November 28,1900, as Wilde lay dying on his bed in Paris, Robbie Ross called in a priest, an English Passionist, Father Dunne. Wilde was given conditional Baptism and was anointed. For a short time he emerged from delirium into lucidity, and Father Dunne, examining him, was satisfied that Wilde freely desired reception into the Church. Wilde died a Catholic on November 30."