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Ulysses (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama | June 1967 (UK)
James Joyce's masterpiece incarnated: The story of two seperated Dublin wanderers, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus, struggling to control their personal lives.

Director:

Joseph Strick

Writers:

Fred Haines (screenplay), James Joyce (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Milo O'Shea ... Leopold Bloom
Barbara Jefford ... Molly
Maurice Roëves ... Stephen Dedalus
T.P. McKenna ... Buck Mulligan
Anna Manahan Anna Manahan ... Bella Cohen
Chris Curran Chris Curran ... Myles Crawford
Fionnula Flanagan ... Gerty MacDowell (as Fionnuala Flanagan)
Geoffrey Golden Geoffrey Golden ... The Citizen
Martin Dempsey Martin Dempsey ... Simon Dedalus
Eddie Golden Eddie Golden ... Martin Cunningham
Maire Hastings Maire Hastings ... Mary Driscoll
David Kelly ... Garrett Deasy
Graham Lines Graham Lines ... Haines
Desmond Perry Desmond Perry ... Bantam Lyons (as Des Perry)
Rosaleen Linehan Rosaleen Linehan ... Nurse Callan
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Storyline

Dublin; June 16, 1904. Stephen Dedalus, who fancies himself as a poet, embarks on a day of wandering about the city during which he finds friendship and a father figure in Leopold Bloom, a middle-aged Jew. Meanwhile, Bloom's day, illuminated by a funeral and an evening of drinking and revelry that stirs paternal feelings toward Stephen, ends with a rapprochement with Molly, his earthy wife. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alucinação de Ulisses See more »

Filming Locations:

Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Mono | 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Sellers had also wanted to film James Joyce novel with a Wolf Mankowitz screenplay, and with Peter O'Toole and Diane Cilento also starring, but like many Sellers announcements of the time, it failed to get off the ground. See more »

Quotes

Buck Mulligan: Thus spake Zarathustra!
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A well-intentioned but misguided disaster!
10 September 2001 | by pae-skSee all my reviews

Norman Mailer once observed, "There is a particular type of really bad novel that makes a great motion picture." With that in mind, this feeble attempt to film the greatest 20th Century English novel falls flat, as pointless an exercise as dramatizing "The Leviathan" by Thomas Hobbes or the Declaration of Independence. It just can't be done. Joyce pioneered the plotless novel, concentrating on character development and situation, together with the melding of his characters' inner thoughts running in a hodge-podge of images and overlapping, run-on sentences. For those unfamiliar with the work, "Ulysses" is the story of an author in search of a character about whom he can write a novel: two men, one middle-aged, one young, wandering aimlessly through Dublin for 18 hours, finally meeting in a brothel, and then discussing their day over a cup of cocoa. That's it. Joyce himself joked that he had written a novel that would keep English professors busy for the next century, and the deciphering of his masterpiece has become a cottage industry. This is not a motion picture: rather, it is a tour de force in the nature of Charles Laughton reading from the New York Telephone directory: the presentation may be brilliant, but the exercise is pointless. The actors recite Joyce's prose brilliantly and Milo O'Shea, Maurice Reeves and Barbara Jefford, as Leopold Bloom, Stephen Daedalus and Molly Bloom respectively, look exactly like what one would imagine the characters to appear, but this is hardly enough to sustain the viewers' interests for an excess of two hours. Literary critic John Greenway observed, "To read it ['Ulysses'] with ease, one should have a PhD in comparative languages and literature." Indeed, Joyce himself spoke some 15 languages fluently and his work abounds with multiple lingual puns. Caveat: unless you have at least majored in English Literature and taken a graduate course in James Joyce, you won't have the slightest idea what is going on here - nor will you care.


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