JOHN HUSTON’S THE DEAD
COMES TO SAG HARBOR CINEMA
FOR A SPECIAL SCREENING
January 6, 2023 / 6 PM
A Q&A with cinematographer Fred Murphy and producer Chris Sievernich
will follow the screening
Film Adaptation of James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’
John Huston’s last film, The Dead, adapted from James Joyce’s final short story in the Dubliners collection, comes to Sag Harbor Cinema January 6th, at 6pm, for a special screening in 35mm, followed by a Q&A with the film’s cinematographer, Fred Murphy, and producer Chris Sievernich.
“When The Dead opened posthumously, at the end of 1987, it carried such an aura of magic –it felt both solemn and luminous, intimate and grand. It emanated the effortless quality of a “home movie” as seen by a great, old master. It was a most beautiful goodbye gift on his part. That magic remains undiminished today, I am thrilled that we can screen the film, in a rare 35mm print kindly made available to us by the Library of Congress; and in the presence of Fred Murphy and Chris Sievernich, who were on Huston’s set,” says SHC’s Founding Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.
Set in 1904 Dublin, on the night of the Epiphany, The Dead takes place at a dinner party hosted by two elderly sisters and their niece. James Joyce’s work was personal to John Huston, who spent many years in Ireland, where his daughter Anjelica, starring in the film alongside Donal Mccan, was born. The director, working from a script written by his son Tony, captured one of the greatest short stories of all time, and a hard to film one, despite the fact that –while working on this passion project– he was bound to an oxygen tank and a wheelchair. Production wrapped in April of 1987 and Huston died at the end of August that same year.
The New York Times’ Vincent Canby said of Huston in his Critic’s Pick review of The Dead, “his talent was not only unimpaired, it was also richer, more secure and bolder than it had ever been. No other American filmmaker has ended a comparably long career on such a note of triumph.”
Tickets for the screenings will be available for purchase at sagharborcinema.org.
For more information on the film, see details below:
Dir. John Huston
UK/Ireland, 1987; 83 mins, in English and Irish Gaelic
The Dead is the concluding novella in James Joyce’s Dubliners collection, published in 1912. Set at an after-Christmas party, it is an ingeniously wrought parable of caution against certainty in all things, most particularly the covenant of love.
Anjelica and Donal McCann, a major Irish theater actor, play Gretta and Gabriel Conroy, a bourgeois couple who bear the weight of Joyce’s morality tale. Adapted for the screen by Tony Huston, Anjelica Huston’s older brother, The Dead was a long-cherished dream come true for her father, who directed a large, ensemble cast of Irish actors.
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