About Eisenstein and other very old movies... yes, they were important, and they invented a lot of the things we take for granted these days... but they are hard to watch. Like when the soldiers march up the stairs in Odessa, it is supposed to be the first time someone cut close-ups of just boots (as far as I remember) but the scene takes forever. A modern audience gets it much faster and gets bored quickly because everything is taking sooooo long. It's like "yeah I got it, they are marching up the stairs, now please stop showing it!" :)
If Wilde’s play takes aim at the society that persuades itself that it is virtuous and right-thinking while in reality being cold, harsh, and self-serving, it also celebrates the human ingenuity that allows people to make of themselves what they will and to enter imaginatively into another frame of reference or reality, a world in which wit and artifice are paramount. These, after all, are the qualities of which an audience is most aware, having been alternately amused, provoked, and delighted, when it leaves the theater at the end of the evening.