Lady Windermere's Fan


The play has been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations and a musical adaptation.

Films include:

  • A 1916 British film Lady Windermere's Fan.
  • In 1924, Hong Shen's (洪深) production of 少奶奶的扇子 (Shàonǎinai de shànzi)(The Young Lady's Fan).[14]
  • In 1925 silent film, Lady Windermere's Fan, which stars Ronald Colman, May McAvoy, Bert Lytell, Irene Rich and Edward Martindel. It was adapted by Julien Josephson and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. In 2002, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
  • A 1948 Argentine film Story of a Bad Woman directed by Luis Saslavsky and starring Dolores del Rio.
  • In 1949, Otto Preminger directed an adaptation entitled The Fan starring Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll, and George Sanders.
  • 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.
  • The BBC produced a television version as part of their Theatre Night series which was first transmitted in the UK during September 1985. This production features Helena Little, Tim Woodward, Stephanie Turner and Kenneth Cranham. It is available on DVD as part of The Oscar Wilde Collection.
  • A musical theatre version of the play was created by Noël Coward in 1954 under the title After the Ball.
  • In 2009 Irish television production company Accomplice TV received funding from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and TV3 (Ireland) for their contemporary adaptation of the play set in South County Dublin. Laura Windermere's Bag will be broadcast by TV3 in 2009.[15]

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