Archive of films Ulysses / Ulysses

1966, 122 min

Section: Tribute to Joseph Strick
Year: 2003

In a film adaptation of James Joyce’ novel Jewish ad seller Leopold Bloom experiences the pettiness and the mysticism of human existence during 24 hours of wandering through Dublin. This interesting attempt to seek out expressive film means commensurate with the literary original was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay.


June 16, 1904. Jewish ad seller Leopold Bloom experiences the pettiness and the mysticism of human existence during 24 hours of wandering through Dublin. The movement of his mind as well as his physical transfer “out of the past and the future” mimics and parodies Homer’s famous epic, while the story splits into three parts: Telemachus, the son looking for a father who is lost in the labyrinth of streets, words and relationships, is poet Stephen Dedalus, while the unfaithful Penelope represents Leopold-Ulysses’ wife Molly. Strick finds the experimental-film means that correspond to the scientifically impersonal, mannerist eclecticism of James Joyce’ s novel (1922). The result is close to the atmosphere of Joyce’s work despite two main directorial compromises: abandoning his desire to translate the novel into film language as completely and faithfully as possible, and omitting certain episodes of the trio’s wanderings towards personal and national consciousness and subconscious. Sound and image montage creates the core of the film, based on a system of flashbacks, dreamlike sequences and the characters’ interior monologues. The film was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar and for a Golden Globe for Best English-Language Foreign Film,

About the director

Josepf Strick Filmography:
Muscle Beach, 1948
The Big Break, 1953
The Savage Eye, 1959
The Balcony, 1963
The Hecklers (TV), 1966
Ulysses, 1966
Ring of Bright Water, 1969
Tropic of Cancer, 1970
The Darwin Adventure, 1970
Interviews with My Lai Veterans, 1970
Janice, 1973
Road Movie, 1974
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1976
Never Cry Wolf, 1983
Criminals, 1996 

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to Joseph Strick
Director: Joseph Strick
Screenplay: Joseph Strick, Fred Haines
Dir. of Photography: Wolfgang Suschitzky
Music: Stanley Myers
Editor: Reginald Mills
Producer: Joseph Strick
Production: Reality Productions Inc.
Cast: Milo O`Shea, Barbara Jefford, Maurice Roeves


Joseph Strick


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