Picks and Pans Review: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce's autobiographical novel has been transformed into a beautiful, if talky, film. Protagonist Stephen Dedalus is well played by Bosco Hogan, and Sir John Gielgud is brilliantly scathing as the priest who lectures him about the dangers of the flesh. The movie flags when Stephen and his college friends agonize about the Meaning of Life. But director Joseph Strick (whose previous films, including Joyce's Ulysses, were banned in Ireland as too sexy) and cinematographer Stuart Hetherington offer a striking portrait of Dublin (circa 1900) and a 20th-century genius at a critical season in his life. (Unrated)
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