The life of James Joyce, Ireland's most famous writer and rouge, separates into two phases. His childhood and youth are covered in 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.' And his writing years (beginning the day he met Nora Barnacle, the mother of his children and model for Molly Bloom) are depicted in this film. Biographies of famous rakes were once carefully filtered and crafted for young, theme-writing students, their youthful sensibilities protected. This film could not have been made until recently because censors would have rated it X. Many scenes were based on Joyce's and Nora's letters which contain vivid descriptions of naughty sex. Other scenes reflect passages from his books. His novels were crammed with minute details of his life and the lives of those he knew. For example, Nora's former lover died having become ill waiting for her outside her window on a cold night. Joyce included Nora's story in 'The Dead.' The most delightful aspect of the film is Joyce's singing. Joyce was known for his fine voice and was not shy about singing at people's homes, in pubs, and on the stage.
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Director Pat Murphy
Writer Pat Murphy
Cast Susan Lynch, Ewan McGregor,
Peter McDonald, Darragh Kelly,