To be an all-time literary great, one’s life must have a certain amount of tragedy and anguish it would seem. Think of any iconic writer and we think you’d be hard pressed to find any with truly happy lives.
If that’s the general rule of thumb, then it goes quadruple for Oscar Wilde.
His final years are the focus of The Happy Prince, a film written and directed by the movie’s star, Rupert Everett. We’re sponsoring a free screening and hope you can join us on Monday, October 15 at the Angelika Film Center on East Mockingbird Lane. Because there’s nothing like a theater full of gays to make a Monday night fun.
Despite the cheery adjective prominent in the drama’s title, expect plenty of sadness as Wilde reminisces from his deathbed inside a seedy Parisian hotel.
We get glimpses of his celebrity, but also the shame and shunning that befell him after serving a prison sentence for gross indecency following accusations of sodomy. His final years were filled with mostly heartbreak, yet we still get moments to celebrate the lighter side and extraordinary wit of this eccentric genius.
Hmmmm, eccentric genius. We think we have a new life goal.
The Happy Prince Free Advanced Screening
Monday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org & mention HE SAID MAGAZINE
**IMPORTANT NOTE**: RSVP required, but does not guarantee entry. Please show up early to claim your seat
Angelika Film Center
5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
The Happy Prince
Opens October 19
Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics