Saturday, July 29, 2006

Wilde on "other people"

Photograph of Reese Witherspoon, star of The Importance of being Earnest
On yesterday's post about the Belle & Sebastian song "Seeing othe people", I made a witicism stating that

For me, "other people" are generally over-rated and should be avoided rather than seen.

Imagine my suprise when, by a complete conincidence, I settled down to watch the 1999 film version of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband", when I heard Rupert Everett's Character, Lord Goring, state:

.....Just as vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people......And falsehoods the truths of other people.....Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself....

It is obviously a matter of personal taste as to whether you prefer Wilde's or mine, but we are both driving at the same idea.

Rupert Everett can also be found in another film version of a Wilde play, this time "The Importance of being Earnest", starring alongside Reese Witherspoon (pictured). Both films are well above average.



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