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Film review: Ulysses

19 November 2009 3:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This is a bold and high-minded stab at the ultimate unfilmable book, writes Peter Bradshaw

In 1967, the American film-maker Joseph Strick took a bold and high-minded stab at the ultimate unfilmable book: Joyce's Ulysses. Inevitably, it's a disappointment, though watched again now for this rerelease, it doesn't seem as much of a disappointment as all that. Milo O'Shea gives a very decent performance as Leopold Bloom: he is dignified, vulnerable, sensitive and tragicomic. However, Maurice Roëves's Stephen Dedalus is flat and uninteresting; his opening dialogue scenes with Mulligan and Haines in the Martello Tower are odd and stilted, yet maybe there's no other way of doing them. I was reminded of Manoel De Oliveira's 2002 film I'm Going Home, in which John Malkovich plays a film-maker directing a new version of Ulysses, and unhappily attempting to direct Michel Piccoli's elderly French actor, whom he has stupendously miscast as Buck Mulligan. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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This week's film events previews

13 November 2009 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cinecity: Brighton Film Festival, Brighton

Just because it's coastal doesn't mean it's coasting. This year's hard-working festival brings in both local and international work, the latter selection including the latest Miyazaki animation, Ponyo, new Mexican hope I'm Gonna Explode, and Until The Light Takes Us, a documentary on Norwegian black metal. And leading the guests, John Hillcoat attends a screening of his adaptation of The Road – perhaps the film's composer, local boy Nick Cave, might even swing by?

Various venues, Thu to 6 Dec, visit

Phelim O'Neill

Tribute To Romy Schneider, London

On the back of her mesmerising appearance in new documentary Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, eight highlights from Schneider's short but enviable and prolific career, which saw her outgrow her pushy stage mother to become the toast of Austrian cinema. Debuting at 15, Schneider made an indelible impression as the naive Austrian Empress Elisabeth in 1955's Sissi. Also »

- Phelim O'Neill, Andrea Hubert

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Webcomic adapts James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

29 October 2009 1:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Artist Robert Berry has taken on the task of adapting James Joyce's notoriously challenging epic Ulysses into a webcomic. Berry is currently working on adapting 'Telemachus' - the first of the novel's 18 episodes - for his Ulysses "Seen" project. "'Daunting' is definitely the word," Berry told Newsarama. "It's the kind of idea you mention to other cartoonists and they look at you like you're crazy; probably with good reason. "I felt that by using some of the visual tools of comics as a language, by providing visual keys to the events as [Joyce is] depicting them, we might open up the door for first-time readers in a unique way. [Using] comics as a way inside some of the novel's mysteries without minimising their power or explaining (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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With Cure and Circle in Limbo, Cronenberg Moves to the Cosmopolis

24 July 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- With The Talking Cure and The Matarese Circle (among a half-dozen projects Tom Cruise is considering) in limbo, David Cronenberg and his Toronto Antenna Ltd. and his Paulo Branco's Paris-based production house Alfama Films will co-produce Cosmopolis for a shoot next year in cosmopolitan cities of New York and Toronto. Cronenberg will helm the film based on a novel by Don DeLillo, who saw his one of his first books receive the film treatment this past year - with George Ratliff directing End Zone (however, no status updates on this one).  Book synopsis with spoilers ahead: Cosmopolis is the story of Eric Packer, a 28 year old multi-billionaire asset manager who makes an odyssey across midtown Manhattan in order to get a haircut. The stretch limo which adorns the cover of the book is richly described as highly technical and very luxurious, filled with television screens and computer monitors, »

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James Joyce's Ulysses Gets Graphic With Online Comic

26 June 2009 5:40 AM, PDT | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

The mere mention of James Joyce's pivotal work, Ulysses, can send shivers down the spine of any self-respecting graduate who barely managed to scrape through the Cliff Notes of one of modern literature's crown jewels. At 265,000 words, the tome tends to leave many slack-jawed in its intimidating wake. But the sequential artists at Throwaway Horse, LLC are seeking to change all that. »

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Warner Bros. Makes an Odyssey with Ulysses -- Except without the 'odyssey' part.

24 April 2009 | | See recent news »

Written by Matt Goldberg Can someone please inform the major studios that they don't have to blow money on these adaptations of public domain works? That's the beauty of public domain. The estate of Homer isn't going to sue you if you make "The Iliad" or "The Odyssey". But I guess there is a problem when someone else creates an original work based off that public domain. The Homer Estate still can't sue but Ann Peacock gets to make a tidy profit off her script "Odysseus" which Warner Bros. will retitle "Ulysses" so they can sucker in some James Joyce fans. What's the plot? According to Variety, "Story centers on the Greek lit hero and king of Ithaca, who returns to his island after 20 years of fighting the Trojan Wars only to find his kingdom under the brutal occupation of an invading force, which he ultimately »

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Books: Review: Amberville

18 March 2009 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Some stories are better left on the page. James Joyce’s Ulysses is a work of astonishing power and scope, but translated for the screen, it’s just a mid-level soap opera with delusions of grandeur. Conversely, some books would be much better served by the visual. The concept behind Tim Davys’ new novel, Amberville, is an attention-grabber: a city populated by living stuffed animals who work, play, and worship just like normal people. Only problem is, in prose, the effect is more clever than transformative. In a well-done film, Davy’s noir-ish allegory could’ve gotten a lot of »

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Tributes Paid to Actress Anna Manahan

9 March 2009 7:36 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

The Arts Council and Minister Martin Cullen have expressed their regret at the passing of the award winning actress Anna Manahan, who died at the weekend at the age of 84. Born in Waterford City, Anna had played numerous roles in theatre, television and film. Her television credits included 'Fair City', 'The Clinic' 'Black Day at Black Rock' 'The Riordans' and 'The Irish Rm', while her film work saw her taking on roles in 'Ulysses'(1967), 'The Viking Queen'(1967) and in John Carney's 'On the Edge' (2001). »

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