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- kevin sellers
So John Huston decides to go out doing a Bergman movie, huh? Works for me. A dark, brooding film, interrupted by flashes of ribaldry. Parts of it, like the ending, where a husband, staring from a Dublin hotel window onto a bleak snowscape and brooding over the fact that his wife has never loved him, while she sleeps, are as lovely and affecting as anything this director has ever done. Beautiful Irish music too. Donal McCann as the husband just about breaks your heart. What an amazingly good actor. I must check out his other film work. Angelica is also fine as the wife. Give it an A minus rather than an A 'cause I miss Huston's jauntiness employed in films like "Man Who Would Be King," "Treasure," and "Asphalt Jungle," (for my dough, his three best films.)
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- David White
Lionsgate has released an edited version of this. Make sure that you buy the 83 minute version, not the 73 minutes version which is what Lionsgate in its supreme idiocy has done.
One of the all time greats
- David White
Watched this last night on TCM...haven't seen it for 20 years, but it still brought tears to my eyes, so faithful to James Joyce so many great scenes, great acting, great music, a great story. It is in my all time top 10.
The Living and the Dead
- Jarrod McDonald
I just finished watching 'THE DEAD.' I think Huston was inspired by John Ford and by Merchant Ivory...Anjelica was great and so were all the Irish actors. It's deceptively simple and gives you a lot to think about...I have a feeling I will like it even more with a repeat viewing later.
This is an adult story by Joyce, and an adult film by Huston. Who would think of adapting this long, quiet, emotionally true story to film? (A story where "nothing happens," according to my students.) I saw it in the 80s in the theatres and again on video in the 90s, but I am so appreciative of TCM for playing it in the 2010s. The older I get, the more I love it. It is a sensitive adaptation (although the focus in the story throughout is on Gabriel, Huston uses the first-person voiceover at the end to try to capture his epiphany). Still, like the story I love, it is deeply moving because it is understated. Nothing happens, except dark, spreading revelations. Wonderful acting, too, and thematically subtle in its connections about loss, love, death, disappointment.
A lovely and lyrical film. A glimpse into the Irish Heart!
- Joan DeRosa
An encapsulation of the James Joyce story, an atmospheric, lyrical, and ultimately poignant evocation of one Dublin evening beautifully acted. Totally memorable. I've been waiting patiently for its release.