IN BED WITH ULYSSES
2012, Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna, USA, 80 min.
“Lets fresh air into Ulysses like a gust from the Irish sea.”
—Andy Webster, The New York Times
The story behind James Joyce’s monumental novel is a saga that rivals fiction in its wild and woolly detail. Filmmakers Adelson and Taverna blend a review of pertinent historical events, including Limerick’s 1904 anti-Jewish riots, with an engaging account of the highlights of Joyce’s life, including his courtship of the earthy Nora Barnacle, his checkered career as a husband, the couple’s wandering life across Europe, and the scandals provoked by “Ulysses.” Actors including Kathleen Chalfant read evocatively from the novel, and Irish novelist Edna O’Brien and National Book Award winner Colum McCann provide insight. HDCAM video. (BS)