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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 April 1979 (USA)
Stephen Dedalus is a young man growing up in Ireland in the early part of the twentieth century. His search for knowledge and understanding, and the decline of his family's circumstances, ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Strick

Writers:

James Joyce (novel), Judith Rascoe
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Bosco Hogan ... Stephen Dedalus
T.P. McKenna ... Simon Dedalus
John Gielgud ... The Preacher
Rosaleen Linehan Rosaleen Linehan ... May Dedalus
Maureen Potter Maureen Potter ... Dante
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Davin
Bryan Murray ... Lynch
Des Cave Des Cave ... Cranly (as Desmond Cave)
Leslie Lalor Leslie Lalor ... Milly
Desmond Perry Desmond Perry ... Casey
Susan Fitzgerald Susan Fitzgerald ... Emma
Luke Johnston Luke Johnston ... Stephen (age ten)
Danny Figgis Danny Figgis ... Wells
Cecil Sheehan Cecil Sheehan ... Uncle Charles
Brendan Cauldwell Brendan Cauldwell ... Father Michael
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Stephen Dedalus is a young man growing up in Ireland in the early part of the twentieth century. His search for knowledge and understanding, and the decline of his family's circumstances, lead him to revelations on the nature of art and politics. His personal renaissance makes him feel unwelcome in his own country, and forces him to decide whether to leave and accept exile, or to stay and fight. Written by Craig Burley aka Tybalt <burley_c@lsa.lan.mcgill.ca>

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Drama

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Porträt des Künstlers als junger Mann See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Stephen Dedalus: Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger!! Death Ray (1995) See more »

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Delicate and brooding
11 August 2000 | by stills-6See all my reviews

A delicate, brooding adaptation of Joyce's slim novel. The well-chosen cast struggles and mostly succeeds with the dialogue, largely taken directly from Joyce's words. In effect, this movie is the book come to life - as exactly as 90 minutes of film will allow.

Standouts include Stephen's father and a rousing interpretation of the famous description of Hell from John Gielgud.

The sensual novel, however, is made stiff and sometimes rather bland in deference to its philosophy. Bosco Hogan, as Stephen, gives a stone face and precious little energy to the interior monologue. By the end, his subtle gestures are a tad too subtle.

This movie takes perhaps too reverent a tone with the book. Even the sex scene is handled with a delicate, dry touch. What we are left with amounts to a series of images with a spoken word soundtrack. Sometimes this faithfulness to the book is to the detriment of the movie - It can be difficult to follow and drags in many places. Many of the shots are suggested directly from the text as if it were a screenplay in code - I found myself wishing that the director would take control and actually tell a story.


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