Wilde

Date: 1997
Director: Brian Gilbert
Production Company: British Broadcasting Corporation, Capitol Films, Dove International

Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle, Gemma Jones, Judy Parfitt, Michael Sheen, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Wilkinson
Location(s): Andalucía, Alicante (Spain); Bedfordshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, London, Oxfordshire

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Storyline:

The story of the flamboyant Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man.

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The film opens in 1882 with views of the Colorado mountains. Near the coast of Alicante in Spain advises movie-locations.com

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Oscar Wilde is on a lecture tour of the United States.

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In Leadville, the Irish novelist gives a hugely successful talk to silver miners.

Returning home after the tour, the Irish novelist arrives in London. Somerset House, Strand WC2.

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A similar grey day. SJ

A carriage drives Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry) through the courtyard of Somerset House between Strand and Victoria Embankment.

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Oscar is taken to the Lloyd’s house where he meets his future wife Constance. Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2.

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Looking south-east. SJ

Somerset House also features in ’The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes’, 2010s 'Burke and Hare', ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and ‘GoldenEye’ amongst others.

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This is Stone Buildings, a cul-de-sac in Lincoln's Inn. SJ

The flamboyant Wilde walks through a wiggery of barristers. Depending on the season, the courtyard at Somerset House variously features an ice rink, concerts and the Edmond J. Safra Fountains.

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Stone Buildings again, also seen in 'Basic Instinct 2'. SJ

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Oscar promenades with his friend Ada Leverson (Zoë Wanamaker) while Constance Lloyd Wylde (Jennifer Ehle) walks with Canadian Robbie Ross (Michael Sheen). In the foreground stands George Frederick Watts’ statue ‘Physical Energy’ near the centre of Kensington Gardens W2 with Lancaster Walk leading into the distance.

In the City, a Rent Boy (Orlando Bloom) offers himself to passing gentlemen. Addle Hill in London EC4 with Carter Lane in the distance.

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Peter provides this less crowded view.

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Nearby, Oscar and Constance are on a shopping expedition. The entrance of The Bell public house at the corner of Wardrobe Terrace and Addle Hill.

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The couple leave a shop selling fine goods. The Bell’s doorway, suitably dressed for filming.

After passing their purchases to his wife, Oscar goes in search of a cab. Addle Hill from the junction with Wardrobe Terrace and Knightrider Street EC4.

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Peter captured the redesigned location.

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Oscar catches sight of the Rent Boy but turns away when propositioned. The Bell closed in 1989 and was demolished in 1998 to make way for the current buildings.

Lady Windermere’s Fan opens at London’s St. James’s Theatre. The Palace Theatre on the W1 / WC2 border at Cambridge Circus.

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Peter took this from Charing Cross Road as the theatre frontage was fenced off when he visited.

Inside the theatre, Wilde is introduced to 'Bosie', the Lord Alfred Douglas. The Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus at the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue, Romilly Street, Moor Street and Charing Cross Road.

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More of the theatre captured by Peter.

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Whilst the two visit Oxford together, Lord Alfred Douglas (Jude Law) tells of his Father's brutality. Addison’s Walk alongside the River Cherwell in Oxford, Oxfordshire.

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The Oxford lecturer and the intellectual walk arm in arm. Oxford University’s Magdalen College provides the backdrop as the two cross the River Cherwell bridge. The bridge also appears in 'Accident'.

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Constance and Lady Mount-Temple talk about the censorship of Oscar's latest work. Durdle Door near West Lulworth in Dorset. This coastal feature was also seen in the Play for Today episode 'Nuts in May'.

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Lady Mount-Temple (Judy Parfitt) and Constance discuss Bosie's father's intolerance. The beach near Durdle Door in Dorset with Bat’s Head in the left distance.

Oscar takes a carriage with Bosie after being persuaded to meet with rent boys. Somerset House with the East Wing on the right. The location has been used over and over, including in 'Burke and Hare' from 2010, 'Indiscreet' and 'The Eagle Has Landed'.

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A lighter view from ground level, by Peter.

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By the river at his country house, Oscar tells his sons the story of The Selfish Giant as Constance approaches. Houghton Lodge, North Houghton near Stockbridge, Hampshire.

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After Constance and the boys depart, Bosie talks with his friends from Oxford as Oscar works inside the house. Houghton Lodge in Hampshire.

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A coach is loaded as Bosie prepares to leave for Egypt. The courtyard outside Knebworth House, Knebworth in Hertfordshire.

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The coach departs. The gates of Knebworth House near Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The stately home was seen in ‘The Big Sleep’, ‘Keep It Up Downstairs’, ‘The Monster Club’ and ‘She’ll Have to Go’.

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John Douglas, the 9th Marquis of Queensberry (Tom Wilkinson) forbids his son to meet with Oscar Wilde.

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When Bosie retaliates, his Father announces that Oscar's wife is divorcing him.

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Bosie storms off, leaving his Father shouting abuse.

Bringing his mail, Constance pays a visit to the London home that her husband is sharing with Bosie. Somerset House, London WC2.

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The north entrance: no sign of the pillar to the left of the "then". SJ

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As their relationship suffers, Oscar visits the coast with his Wife and Children. Swanage Pier, Swanage in Dorset.

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Constance remarks that she should stay to look after him when Oscar develops a cold. Looking across Swanage Bay from Swanage Pier. A similar shot was seen in 'The Black Rider'.

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Oscar tells his Wife that Bosie will look after him. Swanage Pier in Dorset, which was also seen in ‘By the Sea’.

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Following him from the stage door one day, Charlie Parker (Mark Letheren) and Alfred Wood (Benedict Sandiford) call to Oscar.

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The rent boys attempt to bribe the playwright for £60 as they start reading lines from a letter intended for Bosie.

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Beginning to believe that Oscar will never pay up, the pair eventually hand over the incriminating letter.

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Returning to his hotel, Oscar is handed a potentially libelous note, left for him by the Marquis of Queensberry.

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Lady Wilde leaves the Cadogan Hotel after speaking with her son. In reality this is No.2 South Audley Street, Mayfair W1. Various lengths of the street appear in many productions including 'Stage Fright', 'Bullseye' and 'Cassandra's Dream'.

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Following his arrest for gross indecency, Oscar is sentenced to serve two years hard labour.

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As they spend time in Italy, Bosie tells Robbie Ross of his plans for when Oscar is released. Somewhere in Granada, Andalucía, Spain.

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An unidentified location in Granada, Andalucía, Spain.

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Robbie Ross (Michael Sheen) listens as Bosie tells him that he's suffering while Oscar is incarcerated.

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Ada waits to meet her friend outside Reading Gaol while Oscar says goodbye to the Warders. The former HM Prison Oxford, now a hotel, on New Road in Oxford. The location appears in ‘A Fish Called Wanda’.

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Now exiled to continental Europe, Oscar Wilde kneels at his wife’s grave in Italy. Granada, Andalucía, Spain.

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With Constance dead and not being able to see his children, Oscar tells Robbie that he has decided to see Bosie again.

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"I thought you might".

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Granada Cathedral seen from Plaza de las Pasiegas in Granada 18001, Andalucía.

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Oscar looks across the square to where Bosie is standing. One of the doorways of the Cathedral in Granada.

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Catching sight of Oscar, Bosie calls his name. Plaza de las Pasiegas, Granada in Andalucía, Spain.

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