Show Business: John Huston Raises The Dead

Huston Raises The Dead In California, the director puts Joyce's classic story on film

At first glance the symbolism is painfully apparent. On the set of his 37th feature film, in a makeshift studio 35 miles north of Los Angeles and a world away from Hollywood, the 80-year-old director sits in a chair, watching the action on a closed-circuit television monitor and rumbling orders into a microphone. The jauntiness of his warm-up suit is belied by the clear plastic tube that runs from his nose, behind his ears, down his chest and along his leg to an oxygen tank, a last-ditch defense against the emphysema that has plagued him for decades.

Hand-painted tiles, stained-glass windows...