Cinema: Huston's Serene Farewell THE DEAD

Directed by John Huston; Screenplay by Tony Huston

The young James Joyce wrote The Dead in some disillusionment. It was the last story of Dubliners, a group of tales setting forth the cramped spirit of the middle-class Ireland from which he had exiled himself even before the book was published.

The aged John Huston filmed The Dead -- the last of his 37 features -- in great serenity, just before he died last summer. In it he set forth his affection for the writer he said he loved best and, paradoxically, for the Ireland to which he exiled himself for the midpassage of a life that was, in its...

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