Dorian examines coins while Basil lectures him on his wicked life
Regarding Larry Dziubek's question about a coin collecting scene in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ron Haller-Williams
The director is strongly hinting that very soon Basil will see "both sides of the coin" in regard to Dorian!
Also it brings home visually that, although different, "art" and "culture." are likewise linked inextricably:
"According to Wilde, art is a good thing; it's purpose is to be purposeless, and the only thing it should be is beautiful.
Culture, on the other hand, is not necessarily a good thing – it can be a bad influence. Dorian Gray examines the weird gray area (pun
very much intended) between the beauty of art and the fascinating corruption of culture."
Ron also forward this quote from the "Coins in Movies" web page (I didn't know there was one!). -Editor
"He hides the painting in a storeroom and goes to look at occasionally. At one point Dorian is examining some large coins or
medals and checking them against an illustrated coin catalog. The artist Hallward visits and lectures Dorian on his bad reputation.
Dorian takes him to show him the painting and Basil is horrified. Dorian then murders Basil to silence him." Pictures 12, 13 and 14
of that page are relevant - plus 11 as Dorian brings out the box of coin trays.
The episode is covered in chapter XII, but I regard the coins as a device of the movie director, to show Dorian as blocking and
distracting himself from Basil's lecture - maybe it is also the director's take on "Love of money is the root of all
evil" (1 Timothy 6:10)
The sequence can be seen at (minutes:seconds) 62:50 to 65:20 of http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/c59m7ngY7-A
To read the complete article, see:
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JUNE 28, 2015 : Numismatics in The Picture of Dorian
Wayne Homren, Editor
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