On The Avenue

Cinema Society Goes Wilde-ing

by Debbie Bancroft Photographed by Paul Bruinooge /PMc
Thursday, October 11, 2018
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“Why would a leopard ever change it’s divine spots?”, Oscar Wilde wonders in Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince, his directorial debut. The actor not only directs, he stars, wrote and even composed a musical piece for the film. We learn why Oscar might have considered changing a bit, after imprisonment, banishment from England for “gross indecency with men”, and in the end, debilitating alcoholism. Rupert on the other hand needn’t to change a thing–this film is the triumphant culmination of a lifetime of acting in, and as, Oscar Wilde.


We were happy to see that the films jowly, prosthetically altered Everett, is in fact, still the dreamy and dashing star we remembered. He noted, with gratitude, his friends in the audience: “Anna (Wintour), you gave me my first break, modeling for Helmut Newton. Candice (Bergen), I wouldn’t be here with out your husband, Louis Malle, and I’m thrilled and grateful you’re here. Julie (Julianne Moore), you mean the world to me, and Colin (Firth), before I had any investors I would say ‘I’ve been talking to Colin’, and the money came in.” Colin is in the film and is Executive Producer.


Andrew Saffir’s Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers presented the film at the state of the art Seaport iPic Theater, complete with personal tables, popcorn, candy and a Sipsmith London Dry Gin cocktail, called the ‘Wilde’, of course. You may be detecting that the Seaport has become rather ‘hot’ (read Barbara Hodespiece on Milanese concept store, 10 Corso Como), and the after party’s venue Mr.C.’s–Cipriani’s newest sibling–confirmed that. Mr. C. has familiar, familial plush and elegant décor, delicate food, and a cozy, beckoning bar.


Among those lavishing praise on Rupert: Marina Rust Connor, Hamish Bowles, Sony Picture Classics’ Co-Presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, Princess Alexandra of Greece, Tom Freston and Carey Lowell, Valesca Guerrand Hermes, Zani Gugelmann, Donna Karan, Huma Abedin (in a November is Coming T-shirt), Will Cotton, Jennifer Creel, Hilary Rhoda, Mary Snow, Mohammed Hadid, Peter Brant, Jr., Lise and Michael Evans, Daniel Benedict, Ashley and Serena McDermott, Thom Browne, Giles Mendel, Helena Christensen, and Andrew Bolton.


 


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