James Joyce is widely regarded as one of the most important writers of the last century. His most famous novel, Ulysses, may be demanding of its readers, but it is also regarded as one of the most influential books ever written. In this documentary, James Joyce: A Shout in the Street, Anjelica Huston tells the story of his extraordinary life and work. Joyce’s story begins with his chaotic childhood in Dublin. What follows is a roller-coaster of ambition, rejection, fame, madness and, above all, sacrifice – both of himself and of those close to him.
Joyce’s unflinching commitment to his art took place in a continent convulsed by political upheavals and cataclysmic wars, and his life ended in a last desperate flight from the Nazis. Anjelica Huston has a special connection with Ireland and with Joyce’s work. She grew up in the West of Ireland, and she delivered a remarkable performance in the last movie made by her father, the legendary film-maker John Huston, in an adaptation of Joyce’s short story, The Dead.
John Huston was seriously ill when he directed the film, and he died before its release, but it remains one of his greatest achievements. This documentary is an international co-production between RTÉ, the BBC and ARTE – the French-German cultural channel.