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5.0 out of 5 stars A dream, 5 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Ulysses [1967] [DVD] (DVD)
Ulysses (Joseph Strick, 1967, 132')

While British and Irish radio and television stations have always rather lavishly commemorated Bloomsday (16 June 1904) and other joycean events, actual commercial films of James Joyce's works are but very few: Ulysses, which concerns the meeting of two Irishmen (one a Jew) in the Dublin of 1904, as a 1967 British-American drama film by Joseph Strick, and American director John Huston's last film "The Dead", after the last of the short stories in Joyce's Dubliners (1906), in an American-Irish production of 1987, which narrates how Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend a Christmas dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts.

The screenplay by Fred Haines and Strick stands out for its fidelity to the book and the fact that almost the entire screenplay is taken from lines in the book; they shared an Oscar nomination for the screenplay. Starring Milo O'Shea as Leopold Bloom, Barbara Jefford (later soprano Ildebranda Cuffari in Fellini's E la nave va, 1983) as Molly Bloom, Maurice Roëves as Stephen Dedalus, T P McKenna as Buck Mulligan and Sheila O' Sullivan as May Golding Dedalus. Music by Stanley Myers, cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, editing by Reginald Mills.

The film was shot on location in Dublin on a modest budget. It was entered into the 1967 Cannes Film Festival. Festival organizers deleted some of the French subtitles without informing Strick. When Strick noticed the deletions during the screening, "he stood up and yelled out that this film had been censored .... He went upstairs to the projection booth and turned off the switches. He was then pushed down a flight of stairs by festival goons. My father and his associates withdrew the film immediately from the festival" (so David Strick to the press). The film was subsequently censored to various degrees in various countries, with most of it eventually repealed.

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