8 comments on “From Print to Screen: THE DEAD

  1. Pingback: Print to Screen: THE DEAD « Writer's Rest

  2. I saw THE DEAD on video last year and was deeply moved, but I have not yet read the story. Your sensitive article has made me want to rush out and read the text, then rewatch the movie. Thanks so much for another excellent “Print to Screen” entry.

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  3. Susan — thank you for this kind compliment. The story adds back some details that had to be omitted in film version, but it is essentially the same. This was the rare case where a faithful adaptation was the best choice.

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  4. Lindsay, one of my favorite films of all time. Thank you! There is a VHS documentary of the making of the film called John Huston and Dubliners which I owned and foolishly gave away, thinking it would soon be on DVD…not!! They showed him directing, hooked up to his oxygen. Amazon has copies for about $100; maybe you can find one cheaper somewhere. My husband and I saw Donal McCann (Gabriel) and Donal Donnelly (Freddie) live in plays in NYC. Sadly, both have gone on to heaven. I also went to Dublin and saw the house used in the street scenes of the movie which was then a museum but could not go on. I also walked over Connelly Bridge. So call us big fans! TRY to get a copy of that documentary. They showed the filming over and over of the cutting the goose scene, and Huston calling for a new goose each take!

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  5. Stephanie, I would like to see John Huston and Dubliners. Am a little surprised parts of it are not up at YouTube (at least I didn’t see any mention of a documentary). Thank you for sharing these memories. I saw THE DEAD for the third time, and it just keeps getting better.

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  6. I looked on You Tube too! I thought they would include it on the DVD when they re-released it but they did an awful job at first even with the film, released a version with 15 minutes cut out of it, and then had to replace everyone’s copy. Sigh.

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  7. We who know how great THE DEAD is are the lucky ones. The fans probably had to make noise to get those lost 15 minutes restored. Strange that the documentary has disappeared. John Huston is a major, major director.

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