James Joyce’s Women In this tribute to James Joyce, Fionnula Flanagan gives a tour-de-force performance as a half-dozen or so women in Joyce’s real and fictional worlds. When she portrays his wife Nora remembering their time together, Flanagan captures the era and the author in lyrical detail. As Sylvia Beach, the woman who first published Ulysses, new dimensions concerning the importance of Nora in Joyce’s literary visions of women emerge, and when Flanagan interprets Joyce characters like Molly Bloom or a washerwoman from Finnegan’s Wake, the beauty of Joyce’s language shines through the melodious words
Makes you forget there ever was a “Grease.”
This is a towering performance of and about James Joyce and his works and women. Ms. Flanagan is sexual, as was Joyce and, of course, is life. Her work here reminds us of the depth and height that an artist can realize through film.
She addresses “Portrait of an Artist,” “Ulysses” and even the lyric and mysterious “Finnegan’s Wake.” In counterpoint, she plays Joyce’s real-life wife, the former Nora Barnacle — they married after living together for 27 years We have nice bits by actors portraying such authors as E. Hemingway and F. S. Fitzgerald and poignant matter on the madness of Joyce’s only daughter.
This will not make your local multiplex. But seek out the film, tape only, and watch it a few times.You will come away better understanding 20th Century writing, and, indeed, the human condition.
Accessible James Joyce
Courageous performance by Flannigan