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James Joyce's Women (1985)

In this tribute to James Joyce, Fionnula Flanagan gives a tour-de-force performance as a half-dozen or so women in Joyce's real and fictional worlds. When she portrays his wife Nora ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Shaw Weaver
Chris O'Neill ...
James E. O'Grady ...
The Interviewer
Tony Lyons ...
Leopold Bloom
Paddy Dawson ...
Stannie Joyce
Martin Dempsey ...
Joyce's father
Gerald Fitzmahony ...
The Dublin Gossips
Joseph Taylor ...
Rebecca Wilkinson ...
Two Washerwoman
Gladys Sheehan ...
Two Washerwomen
Gabrielle Keenan ...
Cissy Caffrey
Michele O'Connor ...
Edy Boardman
Zoe Blackmore
Terry Flanagan
Brian Dunne


In this tribute to James Joyce, Fionnula Flanagan gives a tour-de-force performance as a half-dozen or so women in Joyce's real and fictional worlds. When she portrays his wife Nora remembering their time together, Flanagan captures the era and the author in lyrical detail. As Sylvia Beach, the woman who first published Ulysses, new dimensions concerning the importance of Nora in Joyce's literary visions of women emerge, and when Flanagan interprets Joyce characters like Molly Bloom or a washerwoman from Finnegan's Wake, the beauty of Joyce's language shines through the melodious words. Written by Ørnås

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13 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Kobiety Jamesa Joyce'a  »

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According to Wikipedia, this film, directed by Michael Pearce, is based on James Joyce's Ulysses and shows about twenty minutes of real, on camera masturbation by Fionnula Flanagan, the main actress. See more »

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Slightly erotic period drama.
13 January 2015 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"James Joyce's Women" is a 1985 British/Irish period drama based on Fionnula Flanagan's 1977 play.Fionnula Flanagan plays James Joyce's wife Nora as well as some of the real women in his life and fictional women from the writer's novels.Fionnula Flanagan recites some of James Joyce's most famous passages and in Molly Bloom's closing erotic monologue has explicit on-camera masturbation sequence which is wonderfully sleazy.I was impressed with her excellent performance of multiple female characters.Still there are some dull monologues in "James Joyce's Women" and I was expecting more erotica and nudity.If you are a fan of James Joyce books or literature/theatre buff you can watch this forgotten film which was never released on DVD.

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