The Picture of Dorian Gray…

16Apr07

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… as featured in Albert Lewin’s film of 1945.
How audiences responded to Ivan Albright’s painting shows this photo that I found on Edward Winkleman’s blog.

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Albert Lewin used the gimmick of featuring a painting prominently in one of his films again in The Private Affairs of Bel Ami.
For the Bel Ami International Art Competition twelve artists were invited to paint their versions of The Temptation of St. Anthony.

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L’Écran Français No. 58 (1946)

The partaking artists were:

  • Ivan Albright
  • Eugene Berman
  • Leonora Carrington
  • Salvador Dalí
  • Paul Delvaux
  • Max Ernst
  • Louis Guglielmi
  • Horace Pippin
  • Abraham Rattner
  • Stanley Spencer
  • Dorothea Tanning
  • The twelfth artist would have been Leonor Fini, but she didn’t submit a painting. The prize ($ 2500) eventually went to Max Ernst, but it was good publicity for all artists involved.

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    www.filmreference.com has a very good profile on director Albert Lewin.

    Here is a DVD-review of Lewin’s splendid Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.

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    And Salon has a nice sound clip from Albert Lewin’s favourite actor George Sanders.

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    3 Responses to “The Picture of Dorian Gray…”

    1. 1 babel2000

      wow! It’s really impressive! the book is quite cool too!

    2. Hallo,

      ja, das Buch hat mir natürlich auch sehr gut gefallen, aber es ist schon eine Weile her, dass ich es gelesen habe. Ich hatte auch schon das Glück Albrights Gemälde in Natura zu betrachten. Und zwar in der Nationalgalerie Berlin während der Grosz-Retrospektive 1995.

      Andrej


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