Directors generally don’t get to pick the last movies they make, but John Huston probably had some idea that his time was drawing short when he adapted James Joyce’s novella “The Dead.” Working from a script by his son Tony, and with his daughter Anjelica Huston as the female lead, Huston called back both to his Irish heritage and to his firsthand memories of the early 20th century, bringing a personal touch to Joyce’s poignant sketch of a seemingly happily married man who attends a party with his wife and finds out that he knows less about her (and himself) than he’d believed when the evening began. Joyce’s story delves into the particulars of Dublin society, serving both as a subtle critique of one man’s privilege and a meditation on the differences between romantic young love and what comes after. Huston’s The Dead is gentler, encompassing Joyce’s themes while also working as a radiant nostalgia-piece. Huston’s lovely farewell to cinema airs on Starz’s Indieplex tonight at 11:10 p.m. Eastern.
February 05, 2015 Cable Pick Of The Day