Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945)

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In this story, a young British aristocrat sells his soul for immortality. His picture ages while he does not.  While the movie is almost entirely in black and white, there are moments in the film where it is in color. First when we first see the picture in its original form, and second, when we see the decaying version resulting from Dorian’s wicked deeds over the years.

The original painting by Henrique Medina, was given to the actor Hurd Hatfield, and later sold at an auction in 2015 for roughly $150,000.

The decaying painting by Ivan Le Lorraine Albright, is currently at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Matrix” (1999)

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If you watch the “woman in red” scene, you’ll carefully notice that all the extras in the background are being played by multiple sets of identical twins. The directors did this intentionally to show the idea of a repeating program. Almost as though Mouse, the character who designed it, didn’t have the time to create individuals. He created a few, then just hit “copy” and “paste”.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Jumanji” (1995)

The word “jumanji” is Zulu. It means “many effects”. As in, the many consequences one gets for playing the game.

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