Trials of Oscar Wilde
released under the title The Man With the Green Carnation, this
well-regarded film stars Peter Finch as Oscar Wilde and deals with
Wilde's prosecution for homosexuality.
Booth plays a minor role as Alfred Wood, the impoverished former valet of Wilde’s
boyfriend. Wood tries to blackmail
Wilde with a compromising letter. Instead, the immensely urbane and
self-confident Wilde turns the whole thing into a joke at Wood’s expense, then
gives him some money anyway and asks him out.
a fascinating charm to your halfhearted criminality,” Wilde says, “You must
lead an exciting life.”
replies, “There’s good and bad in all of us, sir”--a quintessential James Booth character and
Wood replies, “There’s good and bad in all of us, sir”--a quintessential James Booth character and moment!
Booth makes another brief appearance near the end
of the film in a courtroom scene. Wood approaches the witness stand to deliver
testimony about his gay date with Wilde, but the scene ends
before Wood says anything.
Trials was filmed in color but
American video copies are in black-and-white.
Trials was filmed in color but American video copies are in black-and-white.
Text copyright Diana Blackwell, 2002