Ulysses

Ulysses

Cast: Barbara Jefford, Milo O'Shea, Maurice Roeves

     
 

Based on the classic novel by James Joyce, this drama deals with the life of an impotent married Jewish man, his wife and a student/poet in Dublin. Focusing more upon the characters' thoughts and fantasies than upon their actions, it features some of Joyce's previously banned prose. This drama was filmed in Ireland with a largely Irish cast and was nominated for an… See more details below

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Based on the classic novel by James Joyce, this drama deals with the life of an impotent married Jewish man, his wife and a student/poet in Dublin. Focusing more upon the characters' thoughts and fantasies than upon their actions, it features some of Joyce's previously banned prose. This drama was filmed in Ireland with a largely Irish cast and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Beday
This adaptation of James Joyce's literary landmark Ulysses takes on the formidable task of filming a story seemingly impossible to capture onscreen. One would imagine that Joyce's prose and poetry defy the medium of film, and one would be correct; Ulysses strives to do its namesake justice, but falls short of its mark. It chronicles a day in the life of Leopold Bloom as he wanders the streets of Dublin, reflecting on his less-than-perfect life; his son is dead, his wife is nagging him into the grave, and he is impotent. Paralleling the action in Homer's classical epic, the story unfolds largely through metaphor, as in the case of the Jew-hating "cyclops." An attempt to preserve some of Joyce's writing comes in the way of voice-overs, but the effect is hit-or-miss. The film does not come close to the original work, but the comparison may be unfair, since no re-creation could ever equal Joyce's vision. On its own, the film is quite good, but, of course, the comparison to the original is inevitable. Still, for those who haven't read the novel (or were unable to finish it), Ulysses is a highly entertaining, provocative film and a good introduction to Joyce's writing. For those who have read his work, it may be worth seeing regardless, just to get an even better sense of how unique a talent Joyce was, as evidenced by the inability to produce a great script, cast, and director, to fully match the genius of its inspiration. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
UPC:
0014381952223
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
2:04:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Jefford Molly Bloom
Milo O'Shea Leopold Bloom
Maurice Roeves Stephen Dedalus
T.P. McKenna Buck Mulligan
Martin Dempsey Simon Dedalus
Sheila O'Sullivan May Goulding Dedalus
Graham Lines Haines
Maureen Toal Zoe Higgins
Maureen Potter Josie Breen
Chris Curran Myles Crawford
Maire Hastings Mary Driscoll
Eddie Golden Martin Cunningham
Rosaleen Linehan Nurse Callan
O.Z. Whitehead Alexander K. Dowie
Geoffrey Golden Citizen
Tony Doyle Lt. Gardner
Des Keogh Joe Hynes
Leon Collins Lynch
Robert Somerset Lenehan
May Cluskey Mrs. Yelverton Barry
Desmond Perry Bantam Lyons
John Molloy Corny Kelleher
Clare Mullen Florry
Pamela Mant Kitty
Danny Cummins The Drinker
Brendan Cauldwell Bob Doran
Fionnula Flanagan Gerty MacDowell
David Kelly Garrett Deasy
Joe Lynch Blazes Boylan
Anna Manahan Bella Cohen
Pauline Melville Actor
Derry Power Actor
Lillian Rapple Actor
Charlie Roberts Actor
Cecil Sheehan Actor

Technical Credits
Joseph Strick Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Fred Haines & The Group Between Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Reginald Mills Editor
Stanley Myers Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision,Songwriter
Walter J.R. Reade Executive Producer
Wolfgang Suschitzky Cinematographer
James Joyce Source Author

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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Main Title; Death and Hamlet [8:22]
2. Molly and Leopold Bloom [9:42]
3. World Without End [11:01]
4. The House of Keyes [8:57]
5. Tolerance & Love [11:03]
6. The Intern's Lounge [4:30]
7. The People vs. Bloom [11:52]
8. Flights of Fancy [13:31]
9. Sins of the Past [6:07]
10. The Common Factors of Similarity [11:40]
11. Assessing the Situation [26:06]
12. End Credits [1:35]

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