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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Far exceeds the denigrating ratings thus far accrued!
invinoveritas1 from Cape Elizabeth, Maine
15 June 2008
Brilliant adaptation of the largely interior monologues of Leopold
Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, and Molly Bloom by Joseph Strick in recreating
the endearing portrait of Dublin on June 16, 1904 - Bloomsday - a day
to be celebrated - double entendre intended! Bravo director Strick,
screenwriter Haines, as well as casting director and cinematographer in
creating this masterpiece. Gunter Grass' novel, The Tin Drum filmed by
Volker Schlöndorff (1979)is another fine film adaptation of interior
monologue which I favorably compare with Strick's film.
While there are clearly recognized Dublin landmarks in the original
novel and in the film, there are also recognizable characters, although
with different names in the novel. For example, Buck Mulligan with whom
Dedalus lives turns out to be a then prominent Dublin surgeon.
This film for all of its excellence is made even richer by additional
Brian invinoveritas1@AOL.com 15 June 2008
Having read and studied this novel for my English Literature course, I
was looking forward to watching its film adaptation.
The end result left me feeling a little ambivalent. I felt that the
film did very well in capturing the stream-of-consciousness present in
Joyce's original text. Like its source material, Ulysses is a film that
demands your full attention. If you look away for even a second then
you're lost. The narrative constantly jumps around. This isn't an
insult to the film, but rather a portrayal of Joyce's writing style.
Ulysses as a text jumps from idea to idea, from writing style to
writing style. It is a difficult text to read, but a rewarding one.
And so is the film, although I was disappointed at how the film watered
down some of the book's more explicit scenes. I felt that THIS was an
insult to Joyce to wanted to push the boundaries of anything that came
Read my full review for more: http://goo.gl/WGkf16
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