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3.9
697 Ratings

The Dead

Directed by John Huston
United Kingdom, United States, 1987
Drama

Synopsis

A ballad sung at a Twelfth Night party in Ireland reminds one of the guests of the young boy she loved years before.

The Dead Directed by John Huston

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1988 | 2 nominations including: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Independent Spirit Awards

1988 | 2 wins including: Best Director

1988 | 3 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Rooted in the concerns and passions of domesticity, the film feels small in scale. In some ways, it serves as a natural chaser to the more grandiose and romantic domestic dramas of classic Hollywood. As a double feature with Vincente Minnelli’s Meet Me in St. Louis or John Ford’s How Green Was My Valley, it would illuminate the beautiful naivety of those visions, reflecting darkly on the souls of the people who might inhabit those period settings.
August 05, 2016
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‘’The Dead’’ is so fine, in unexpected ways, that it almost demands a re-evaluation of Huston’s entire body of work. . . . That Huston should have dared search for the story’s cinema life is astonishing. That he should have found it with such seeming ease is the mark of a master.
December 17, 1987
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The results are leagues ahead of Joseph Strick’s unfortunate Joyce adaptations, but inevitably leagues behind the original story. That said, the film’s concentrated simplicity and purity achieve a kind of perfection… the lilting Irish flavor is virtually decanted, and Fred Murphy’s gliding camera movements are delicately executed. There’s also a rather awesome and unpretentious directness as well as calmness about the way that Huston contemplates his own rapidly approaching death.
October 26, 1987
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