Irish Film Institute -THE DEAD


Director: John Huston

83 mins, UK-USA-Ireland, 1987, 35mm

The Feast of Epiphany is celebrated in a genteel Dublin household in John Huston’s pitch-perfect adaptation of James Joyce’s short story The Dead. As the New Year dawns in 1904, the elderly Misses Morkan and their niece Mary Jane (Ingrid Craigie) prepare for their annual dinner and musical soirée. John Huston’s subtle direction, a wholly distinguished ensemble of Irish actors, and Angelica Huston and Donal McCann’s delicately wrought performances perfectly capture the social atmosphere and emotional nuance of Joyce’s original text. For Huston, the film served as an elegant and melancholic farewell to Ireland and to life itself.

Screening on original 35mm film.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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