A personal film for John Huston, starring daughter Anjelica and adapted to the screen by son Tony, this very last work evokes beautifully the mood and texture of James Joyce's lyrical story.
| Original Score: B+
... a small masterpiece, a film of exquisite grace and understated power.
a finely polished jewel and a wonderful way to remember a great director.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
What redeems Huston's last gasp is the observational framing and agile editing with which the Morkan sisters' soiree is captured.
| Original Score: 3/4
One of cinema's best literary adaptations.
| Original Score: A
[A] deeply reverent, deeply affecting adaptation.
| Original Score: 4/5
Entirely filmed in a Californian warehouse, The Dead features the greatest Irish cast ever assembled on screen.
Fine performances from everyone, and a self-effacing, enigmatic star turn from Anjelica Huston herself.
There's also a rather awesome and unpretentious directness as well as calmness about the way that Huston contemplates his own rapidly approaching death.
A well-crafted miniature, this dramatization of the Joyce story directly addresses the theme of how the 'shades' from 'that other world' can still live in those who still walk the earth.
A beguiling chamber piece.
A true labor of love -- a masterpiece, and perhaps the crowning achievement of a long, varied and highly celebrated career.
A haunting farewell for father John Huston, a powerhouse acting turn from daughter Anjelica.
| Original Score: 4/5
The Dead celebrates the beauty of the English language, the challenges of marital love and the intimations of mortality which can bring us back to an exaltation of life.
| Original Score: 5/5
Very faithful Joyce adaptation that's worth sticking with to its powerful end.
This sublime adaptation of the last story in James Joyce's Dubliners is John Huston's final film, and it is as beautiful, delicate, and moving an epitaph as any filmmaker could ever desire.
Swansong's rarely come more sublime.
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.
Huston was an old man when he died, but he had not withered dismally with age because he still had the courage and the imagination to attempt to make an impossible film of the greatest story that he had ever read.
The movie was Huston's last and it's a great culminating work. As such, it couldn't be more perfect.