#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – On the lightly snowy evening of January 6, 1904 in Dublin, elderly spinster sisters Kate and Julia and their niece, Mary Jane – all music teachers or performers, past or present – are hosting their annual Epiphany party and dinner, and, with the exception of Mary Jane’s new crop of students and the young gentlemen tasked with keeping them company, most of the guests have attended in previous years. Kate and Julia’s nephew Gabriel and his wife Gretta hold integral roles for the evening, Gabriel, who, in addition to being Freddy Malins’ caregiver if he gets too drunk as is often the case, is to carve the dinner goose and provide the evening’s main toast, while Gretta is to present the pudding. With the added unexpected excitement provided by Irish nationalist Molly Ivors for Gabriel, the party basically goes according to script. As most of the guests have departed and just before Gabriel and Gretta are to do the same – this year they staying in a downtown hotel instead of making the long trek to their suburban home and children – something happens to makes Gretta enter into a moment of deep reflection. Gretta confessing the cause and the item of reflection later at the hotel to Gabriel leads to Gabriel, as a culmination of the evening’s sum total of events, also entering into reflection, about his and Gretta’s marriage, and about life and death in general.
Plot: After a convivial holiday dinner party, things begin to unravel when a husband and wife address some prickly issues concerning their marriage.
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A wonderful look at Dublin in the “The Rare Auld Times”
The entire movie, an artful adaptation of one of Joyce’s “Dubliners” stories, takes place on the night of January 6 (Epiphany), 1906. Most of the film takes place at an annual party given by three spinsters (two sisters and their niece), where a group of upper-class Dubliners gather for an evening of music, recitations and dinner. While there is very little plot per se, the interaction and conversation among the group reveals much about Dublin in the early 20th century when the stirrings for independence were just beginning. The cast, all talented Irish stage actors with the exception of Anjelica Huston, are universally wonderful, and one actually feels he is a guest at the gathering himself. The poignant final scene, between Ms. Huston and the amazing Donal McCann, reveals much about the marriage of the characters. There is poignancy mixed with humor and insight, and for those who like quiet, thoughtful movies, “The Dead” is highly recommended. My wife is from Dublin, we make a ritual of watching this wonderful movie every January 6th. After many viewings it never fails to move me, and each time I glean something that I’ve missed before.
In his last film, the wizened John Huston set himself quite a task. Encumbered by oxygen tanks, cannulae, and other impediments, he shot a film of the long short story in James Joyce’s “Dubliners.” The sets are few, though precisely furnished, and there are only a dozen or so characters. If the story is about a jury sending a young man to death, as in “Twelve Angry Men,” fine. Lots of drama there. Even a drunken party of gay men, “The Boys In The Band,” can have all kinds of by-play. But turn-of-the-century middle-class Irish people having dinner and schmoozing about opera singers? And that title — “The DEAD?” Never mind John Huston. Where is Hercules?
There’s another difficulty; Joyce’s prose was exquisite (when he wanted it to be) and his interior monologues were unimpeachable. But this is all dialog, except for one voice over at the end by the central figure, Donal McCann, musing alone after learning that his wife, Angelica Huston, had been in love at seventeen with a boy who died. It’s the only interior monologue we hear — but it’s a blockbuster.
There’s humor too, of course. The dialog itself is sometimes comic, wittingly or otherwise. The first two thirds of the movie show us a dinner party given by three ladies for a dozen or so guests. When a couple shows up late, the husband complains of his wife, “She took three mortal hours getting dressed.” “Mortal.” It’s like a jack-in-the-box that pops up in the middle of an otherwise humdrum line.
And of course there is booze. One of the characters, Donal Donnelly, shows up half plastered with his ancient mother scolding him. “A shame,” someone says, “especially after she made him take the pledge.” “I’m surprised he lasted the whole six days,” responds someone.
And Donnelly, who is drunk but not falling-down drunk or sloppy, is explaining to the Protestant Mr. Brown, Dan O’Herlihy looking great and giving one of the best performances of his career, why the monks of a particular order punish themselves. “It’s compensations, you see, for the sins committed by — by the rest of us sinners.” This is rather late after dinner and O’Herlihy by this time has had quite a bit to drink himself. His face is ruddy and his long white hair is all mussed and he gawks open-mouthed at Donnelly. He asks in disbelief, “You mean they’re getting us off the HOOK?”
We hear one of the old ladies who hosts the dinner take a stab at singing a song in a voice that quavers with age, and everyone applauds graciously. Sean McClory recites a passionate and savage love poem from Lady Gregory. The youngest of the three hostesses bangs out a galloping tune on the piano, a regular showpiece that deserves the awe that it generates. And finally there is a sweet song, “The Lass of Aughrim”, sung off screen by Frank Patterson, a famous tenor.
The purity of the tune launches Angelica Huston into her reverie. The song itself is a traditional tune but it’s not a chestnut like “Mother McCree” or “Kathleen Mavourneen.” There are several versions of it available on YouTube.
I won’t try to describe Donal McCann’s interior reflections. They really can’t be well captured because they insensibly exit the situation and come to enfold the countryside itself and the sea with it’s “mutinous waves” and finally dissolve into a brief parade of alliterative “f”s that becomes surreal.
I was surprised to find myself moved. A hard job for Huston, but splendidly done.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 23 min (83 min), 1 hr 19 min (79 min) (DVD) (Spain)
Director John Huston
Writer James Joyce, Tony Huston
Actors Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll
Country United Kingdom, Ireland
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. 11 wins & 19 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Moviecam SuperAmerica, Zeiss Lenses
Laboratory FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 125T 5247, 400T 5294)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm