The Dead

The Dead

Movie: The Dead
Director: John Huston
Produced by: Chris Sievernich, Liffey Films, Vestron, Wieland Schulz-Keil, Zenith
Released By: Vestron
MPAA Rating: PG

The final film of legendary director John Huston was based on the closing story of James Joyce’s Dubliners. Anjelica Huston is top-billed as Gretta Conroy, the niece by marriage of turn-of-century Irish spinsters Kate Morkan and Julia Morkan. At the home of these two curious ladies, Gretta is prodded into remembering her long-dead lover. She tearfully reveals to her husband that the deceased boy may well have died on her behalf. Her tale of woe bespeaks the sentiment shared by James Joyce: no matter how long in their graves, the dead will always influence the living. Adding to the film’s elegiac quality, it stars Huston’s daughter Anjelica and was co-written with his son Tony Huston.

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