Lady Windermere's Fan: A Play about a Good Woman
"... scandal is gossip made tedious by morality."
"In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."
"What is a cynic?...A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
"That is the worst of women. They always want one to be good. And if we are good, when they meet us, they...more
I have never seen a good performance of it. In fact, it has produced several of the worst stage productions I have ever seen. The play seems to lends itself to stilted acting and un-motivated action. Worse than that, is watching modern actresses who seem to confuse overt sexuality with flirtation, attempt to reproduce the witty and mannered seductions. And if that...more
This was the earliest successful Wilde play and it does show some rough edges. The main character, Lady Windermere, is an unappealing puritan, an unlikely target for her besotte...more
A lot of people probably think "homosexual undertones/overtones" when they're reading Oscar Wilde's work, but tha...more
I didn't read the play but I watched a 2004 film adaptation entitled A Good Woman.
WIKI SAYS: "A 2004 film adaptation, entitled A Good Woman, switched the setting to the Amalfi coast of Italy, made the Windermeres Mr. & Mrs., and updated the time frame to 1930. The film stars Helen Hunt, Mark Umbers, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Tom Wilkinson."
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Redeeming this somewhat is that the play is stuffed to the gills with tasty aphorisms, quotes that you probably know but didn't know where they originated.
Ultimately it's a problem that the quotes hold up but the central plot doesn't. The ending is abrupt. Lady Windermere is unappealing. Many of...more
The plot is about Lady Winderemere who goes from being a pillar of Victorian society to a woman of wandering morals. The woman who pulls her up is the one she suspected of being her husband's mistress. It's a comedy of society manners and morals with acerbic repartees and funny quips, in the great Oscar Wilde tradition.
Now, more than 100 years later, it still has a thought provoking dept...more
LADY WINDERMERE: I did not ask her. He insisted on her coming - against my entreaties - against my commands. Oh! the house is tainted for me! I feel that every woman here sneers at me as she dances by with my husband. What I have done to deserve this? I gave him all my life. He took it - used it - spoiled it! I am degraded in my own eyes; and I lack courage - I...more
Once again "L...more
The theme is mundane. I don't know how many times a book of similar thematic nature came up at that time when Wilde wrote it, i.e. more than 100 years ago. But the rift between lovers, distance between h...more
Like The Importance of Being Earnest, this play involves some dishonesties, some false pretenses, and so very little communication.
In other words, it's great fun.
I might have enjoyed this more than The Importance of Being Earnest, only because I knew that story going into it, and this was entirely new for me. While the situation is familiar and done to death (by now in the 21st-century), Wilde wrote with a freshness that is undeniable. Maybe it...more
"I can resist everything except temptation"
"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"
"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the o...more
Lady Windermere has only been married 2 years. She and her husband married as a love match. But now gossip has linked her husban...more
I found the play very amusing and utterly observant and smart, with remarks on the human nature and its tendency to label people and judge them. In the end, no one is entirely bad or entirely good, and nothing is supposed to be viewed in white and black shades exclusively.
I love the cynicism in it as well. Dumby and Cecil Graham are real entertaining characters, with that insightful conversation between the men in A...more
Lady Windermere's Fan is not my favorite of the Wilde plots. We may be so far removed from the moral sensibilities of the 19th century that the histrionics over mistaken intentions can only read as melodrama.
Even the wacky Wilde one-liners are a tad more overblown than witty ("We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the star...more
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
"Experience is a question of instinct about life."
All the characters Lady Windermere, Lord Windermere, Lord Darlington, Lady Erlyenne are so intricately woven that they render the story a nice touch even though it isn't a story with out-of-the-way twists and turns. All in all, a typical Oscar Wilde classic.
Review to follow!
Delightful and charming!