The Dead

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Released 1988

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Director:
John Huston (I)
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG
The Dead is an introspective dramatic film about a dinner party in the early 1900s. Adapted from James Joyce's legendary short story, The Dead is low on action, high on striking dialogue to motivate characters actions and thoughts. Gabriel (Donal McCann) and Gretta Conroy (Anjelica Huston) are the guests at a dinner party in the home of Gabriel's elderly aunts, Julia (Cathleen Delany) and Kate Morkan (Helena Carroll). The conversation throughout the evening ranges from lost aspirations to casual awkwardness, with the focus slowly shifting toward the young couple. After Gretta hears a rendition of an old song that reminds her of a young boy she once was in love with, she recounts the tale to her husband, sparking a touching inner monologue about love, loss, and life in general. Regarded by many as the greatest short story of all time, The Dead also marks the final film from legendary director John Huston. Huston, working with both his son and daughter, seems to encapsulate a subtle beauty in this simple, elegant interpretation of a masterful work.moreless

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