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Director: John Huston; Cast: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Dan O’Herlihy, Donal Donnelly, Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delany
John Huston’s last film, The Dead is a wonderfully slow-paced drama based on James Joyce’s short story of the same name. Taking place in Dublin around the turn of the twentieth century, The Dead is a highly personal film that follows the events at a party held by two elderly sisters in which the audience is introduced to their many guests. Though largely a study in characters, personal revelations between the sisters’ nephew Gabriel and his wife Gretta provide a poignant and existential moment in this elegant film (Klaus Ming December 2013).