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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on John Huston's Final Film 'The Dead'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood October 10, 2012 at 12:56PM

"John Huston Week!" continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director Dan Ireland introducing Huston's rich, languidly paced adaptation of James Joyce's novella, featuring a career-best performance from daughter Angelica.
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Angelica Huston in "The Dead"
Angelica Huston in "The Dead"

"John Huston Week!" continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director Dan Ireland introducing Huston's rich, languidly paced adaptation of James Joyce's novella, featuring a career-best performance from daughter Angelica.

John Huston didn't live to see his final film released, but it's one of his most impressive. James Joyce's 1914 novella is considered one of the greatest stories ever written, yet Huston's meticulous movie does it full justice. Stately, elegant and richly observed, with a poignant climactic punch that sneaks up on you. Among the Abbey Players seen to advantage herein are Hollywood stalwarts Dan O'Herlihy and Sean McClory but It's Angelica Huston's movie to steal, and she does.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.