There is James Joyce, the lionised author; there is young Jim Joyce, full of confidence and with nothing to justify it and no good reason to believe he ever will; and there is Stephen Dedalus, the fictional altar of his ego.
Ulysses’ ‘interiorization’ is one reason why the book is considered to be unfilmable. Ulysses in Plaguetime deals with this problem by having Dedalus and Bloom speak directly to the viewer in Proteus and Lotus Eaters, as if in video diaries.
As host of the seminar, Philip Harvey saw his task as to ask questions, some pre-worded others impromptu; to figure out what several people were saying at once; and to direct the dialogue so it didn’t fall off a bridge into the Liffey.
A sneak peek into Bloomsday rehearsals on Zoom under strict social distancing measures.
James Joyce, and Steampunk? Circus? Vaudeville? and the squiffy liffey, and worse?
Who are the Tatty Tenors of Brisbane, and their history….
Bill was a born actor. He loved centre-stage, was hugely generous, and was willing to take his talents into quite recondite places….
What if Chaplin and Joyce, an inveterate consumer of cinema, had met by chance in Paris, and Chaplin had taken it into his head to make a silent film of ‘Ulysses’?
Bloomsday in Melbourne in 2016 celebrates the Joyce who loved film.
He is wickedly witty.