SUNDANCE 5 | THUR NOV 8 | 3:30 PM
Director: Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna
Cinematographer: Michael Berz, Marc Dagenaar, Scott Sinkler
Screenwriter: Alan Adelson
Editor: Kate Taverna
Composer: Ilir Bajri, Mark De Gli Antoni, Joel Goodman, Dave Soldier
Cast: Michael Barsanti, Sylvia Beach, Allyn Burrows, Kathleen Chalfant
Running time: 80 min.
In Bed With Ulysses details the provocative story of how James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, widely considered the greatest work of modern fiction, came into existence. Revisiting the toll it took on its author and his family and the shockwaves it caused around the world, the documentary expertly explores one of the loftiest of literary achievements.
With insightful interviews from Irish novelist Edna O’Brien and Irish-American novelist and National Book Award winner Colum McCann, In Bed With Ulysses reveals the dramatic human story behind the novel’s origins. The film examines many of the people and places involved in the novel’s creation, but also visits with notorious characters from the narrative itself, including Molly Bloom, played by Kathleen Chalfant, grand dame of the New York stage (Angels in America, Wit). Six male actors play different versions of Molly’s husband, the lonely and loving Leopold Bloom.
The filmmakers succeed in revealing how astonishingly accessible and amusing the language of the novel is and how it is a work to be enjoyed by all. The New York Times notes, “The movie lets fresh air into Ulysses like a gust from the Irish Sea.”
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