'His soul swooned softly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.'
John Huston’s last film is a labour of love at several levels. It’s an adaptation of perhaps one of the greatest pieces of English-language literature by one of Huston’s favourite authors, James Joyce; a love letter to the land of his ancestors and the country where his children grew up; and the chance to work with his screenwriter son Tony and his actress daughter Anjelica.
The film is delicate and unhurried, detailing a Christmas dinner at the house of two spinster musician sisters and their niece in turn-of-the-century Ireland. Among the visiting attendees are the sisters’ nephew Gabriel Conroy and his wife Gretta. The evening’s reminiscences bring up melancholy memories for Gretta concerning her first, long-lost love when she was a girl in rural Galway. Her recounting of this tragic love to Gabriel brings him to an epiphany: he learns the difference between mere existence and living.
Dir: John Huston, USA/Ireland, 1987, 83 mins, U
This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.
Ticket price includes hot whiskey or port.