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Finnegans Wake: The Movie

By Harriet Staff

Check out Mary Ellen Bute’s 1967 filmic adaptation of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, now up on Ubu. From the site:

A half-forgotten, half-legendary pioneer in American abstract and animated filmmaking, Mary Ellen Bute, late in her career as an artist, created this adaptation of James Joyce, her only feature. In the transformation from Joyce’s polyglot prose to the necessarily concrete imagery of actors and sets, Passages discovers a truly oneiric film style, a weirdly post-New Wave rediscovery of Surrealism, and in her panoply of allusion – 1950s dance crazes, atomic weaponry, ICBMs, and television all make appearances – she finds a cinematic approximation of the novel’s nearly impenetrable vertically compressed structure.


Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, March 17th, 2011 by Harriet Staff.