IRE / GB / US
Dir: Joseph Strick
Starring: Milo O’Shea and Barbara Jefford
Life in Dublin with a Jewish newspaperman and a poet
This drama is loosely based on James Joyce’s 1922 novel of the same name. Although the complex novel was set in Dublin in 1904, the film features the city during the 1960s. Given the fabulous complexity of the original text it is perhaps unsurprising that the film bore little resemblance to Joyce’s work, but the harsh criticism it received is unjustified. It is astonishing and heartening to watch the cream of the Irish acting profession of the 1960s daring to utter and enact Joyce’s hugely transgressive text, the film is downright ‘filthy’, and Barbara Jefford is very sexy. The film includes some shots of CIE Cravens stock and a 2600 Class AEC DMU at Dublin Pearse station, though it seems that some shots were also filmed at another unknown location.