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"A vast, merry, and uncommon tale of love."
  • PG
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 23 min
  • 7.2  (8,667)

Set in Dublin, The Dead is a dramatic film based on James Joyce's iconic short story of the same name. Directed by John Huston, the movie tells the story of a New-Year's-Eve party attended by Gabriel Conroy (Donal McCann) and his wife Gretta (Anjelica Huston). The movie takes the audience through the bustling and excited streets of Dublin during the holiday season. At the party, Gabriel meets his extended family, friends, and acquaintances, all of whom engage in lively conversation and music. During the course of the night, Gabriel notices that his wife Gretta is strangely quiet and appears lost in thought. Eventually, she confides in him about a memory from her past and reveals a long-forgotten love affair with her deceased former lover, Michael Furey.

As the night wears on, Gabriel's thoughts return to his own life and experiences, and he begins to question his place in the world. Questions of love, loss, and regret swirl around the characters as the movie delves into the complexities of relationships and the human condition.

One of the most striking features of the movie is the use of music. The story is set during a time when traditional Irish music was experiencing a resurgence, and the film takes full advantage of this to create an immersive experience for the audience. The music plays a significant role in the narrative, with Gabriel singing and performing a poem to his wife, as well as an ensemble performance of "The Lass of Aughrim," which is central to the lover's story.

The film is beautifully shot, capturing the imagery and ambiance of Dublin in the early 20th century. The cinematography captures the bustling city streets, the warmth and intimacy of the party scenes, and the isolated beauty of the Irish countryside.

The acting in the movie is exceptional, with Anjelica Huston delivering a standout performance as Gretta. Her subtle movements and facial expressions convey a wealth of emotion that speaks volumes about her character's inner turmoil. Donal McCann is also impressive as Gabriel, playing the role with both confidence and vulnerability.

The Dead is a poignant, introspective film that explores deep human emotions and the complexities of relationships. Using vivid imagery, beautifully orchestrated music, and outstanding performances, The Dead provides a profound cinematic experience that lingers with the viewer long after the credits roll.

The Dead is a 1987 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 23 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    7.2  (8,667)