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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 28, 2009 at 11:25 AM

The great “The Dead” finally comes to DVD

Wonderful news for film lovers — John Huston’s 1987 drama “The Dead,” to my mind one of the greatest book-to-cinema adaptations ever made (it’s based on James Joyce’s devastatingly lovely novella), is finally coming to DVD in November. Various copyright issues, apparently, caused the delay, but this great Christmas film, in which an Irish family gathers for a festive dinner in 1904, will be in our hands in time for the holidays. In the meantime, here’s a peek at one of its most memorable scenes, in which Greta (Anjelica Huston) listens to a performance of the song “The Lass of Aughrim,” and it brings back painful yet cherished memories for her. Watch her face; without speaking a word, she tells us a story. This was the actress’s final creative collaboration with her father, John Huston, who was very ill during the making of the film and died, at 81, shortly after its completion. A beautiful moment, in a beautiful movie.

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