Ulysses


2h 20m 1967

Brief Synopsis

Dublin; June 16, 1904. Stephen Dedalus, who fancies himself as a poet, embarks on a day of wandering about the city during which he finds friendship and a father figure in Leopold Bloom, a middle-aged Jew. Meanwhile, Bloom's day, illuminated by a funeral and an evening of drinking and revelry that stirs paternal feelings toward Stephen, ends with a rapprochement with Molly, his earthy wife.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Mar 1967
Production Company
Ulysses Film Productions
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Dublin, Ireland
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Ulysses by James Joyce (Paris, 1922).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

A warm spring day stimulates the memories of Dublin citizens, among them Stephen Dedalus, a young poet and schoolteacher, and Leopold Bloom, a Jewish advertising agent. Wracked by guilt, Dedalus recalls his intensely Catholic childhood and his mother's funeral; Bloom mourns his son Rudy. Since the child's death 11 years earlier Bloom has been impotent. His wife, Molly, has responded to this withdrawal by cuckolding him numerous times; her current lover is the virile boxing promoter, Blazes Boylan. Traveling in a funeral cortege, Bloom observes Dedalus strolling on the beach and is strongly attracted to the youth. While lunching in a pub, Bloom is taunted by a one-eyed anti-Semite. In a hospital lounge the Jew encounters the drunken poet, whom he follows to the brothel of Bella Cohen. There both men are beset by terrifying fantasies, Bloom envisioning himself an Oriental potentate, the mayor of Dublin, a culprit tried by a Jew-hating judge, and a woman. In the street Bloom invites Dedalus to his home, where the two spend the night conversing. As day breaks Bloom offers his friend lodging, but the poet refuses. Her husband asleep beside her, Molly considers her youthful courtship by Bloom, her present relationship with Boylan, and the possibility of a future affair with Dedalus.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Mar 1967
Production Company
Ulysses Film Productions
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Dublin, Ireland
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Ulysses by James Joyce (Paris, 1922).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Award Nominations

Best Writing, Screenplay

1968
Joseph Strick

Quotes

Trivia

The film attracted controversy on its original release due to an early use the word "fuck."

When first released theatrically the film was deemed so controversial by the New Zealand censors that it could only be screened before gender-segregated audiences in that country.

27 September 2000: finally passed by the film censors in Ireland!

Notes

Filmed on location in Dublin. Opened in London in June 1967; running time: 132 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by the 1967 New York Times Film Critics.

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best English Language Films by the 1967 National Board of Review.

Released in United States Spring March 1967

Released in United States Spring March 1967

The United Kingdom