In Bed with Ulysses
Director: Alan Adelson, Kate Taverna Run Time: 80 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2012
Celebrating 100 Years of Bloomsday!
James Joyce’s landmark work Ulysses takes place on June 16, 1904 and the novel itself was first published in 1922 so this year (in an appropriately arcane way) marks the 100th Bloomsday. Right? In any case, we couldn’t think of a better time to screen this fascinating deep dive into the complicated, confounding, controversial piece of literature that became a cult classic before the phrase had even been invented.
“Interweaving fascinating archival footage of Dublin in the early part of the twentieth century with interviews with scholars and authors as well as footage of a staged reading of selections from the work by several performers including acclaimed actress Kathleen Chalfant, [IN BED WITH ULYSSES] details the history of the book inspired by its author’s tortured relationship with his wife, who once wrote a letter to him addressed ‘Dear Cuckold.’
Co-director Adelson, who also narrates, is the host for this cinematic journey that includes stops at Joyce Tower in Sandycove, the locale of the book’s opening section, and Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum, where he breathlessly examines pages from the original manuscript.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“The movie lets fresh air into ‘Ulysses’ like a gust from the Irish Sea.” – Andy Webster, New York Times