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Directed by John Huston • 1987 • United Kingdom, Ireland
Starring Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll
The final film directed by John Huston—completed by the ailing director just months before his death and released posthumously—is a triumphant farewell from an artist in total command of his craft and fearlessly confronting his own mortality. Faithfully adapted from the celebrated short story by James Joyce, THE DEAD unfolds on a snowy night in turn-of-the-century Dublin during and after a Feast of Epiphany dinner party as married couple Gretta (Anjelica Huston) and Gabriel Conroy (Donal McCann) find themselves quietly shaken by memories of the past, the mysteries of love, and the inexorability of death.