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03/09/02
Carry On Goes Wilde
- Everett says movie version of classic is like smutty 60s movies

IMPORTANCE of Being Earnest star Rupert Everett called the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic play a "Carry On, a really funny English story," at last night's premiere in Leicester Square.

Carry On films are, according to taste, a notorious or legendary series of British movies from the 1960s to 1980s which majored on double entendres and slapstick sex and are not often to be compared with Wilde's satirical take on Victorian morals.

Perhaps Everett's strange comparison is part of a plan to win a mass audience to The Importance of Being Earnest, which opens in London this Friday. The film's director, Oliver Parker, appears to hope so. "One of the great privileges of doing this is to bring Wilde to the wider audiences," he said.

"It was fairly easy to cast and a lot of people were very attracted to the material." Among those were Dame Judi Dench and Anna Massey also at Leicester Square last night and Colin Firth, who couldn't attend due to filming commitments elsewhere.



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