In what has become an annual treat, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany in the household of the Misses Morkan and their housemaid, Lily, as they prepare for their New Year’s gathering in this pitch-perfect adaptation of James Joyce’s The Dead. Set In Dublin in 1904 the mood of the evening is anguished as Gretta (Anjelica Huston) remembers a long-lost love, much to the incomprehension of her husband Gabriel (Donal McCann).
John Huston’s subtle direction and Angelica Huston and Donal McCann’s delicately wrought performances perfectly capture the social atmosphere and emotional nuances of Joyce’s original text. For Huston, the film served as an elegant and melancholic farewell to Ireland and to life itself. (Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn.)
We are delighted to welcome Rachael Dowling, who played Lily, to introduce the film.