Finnegans Wake

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A surprisingly successful attempt to bring Joyce's gargantuan novel to the screen - especially surprising considering Mary Ellen Bute's previous work for the cinema (some very footling animation à la McLaren). The reason probably lies in her use of the play adaptation by Mary Manning, which transforms much of the original's humour and verbal fireworks into stunning theatre. The film isn't stunning cinema, but it's consistently entertaining and far more Joycean than Joseph Strick's pedantic efforts.

Release details

Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mary Ellen Bute
Screenwriter: Mary Manning, Mary Ellen Bute
Cast: Martin J Kelly
Jane Reilly
Peter Haskell
Page Johnson
John V Kelleher
Ray Flanagan
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