Lots of fun at Finnegan's wake!
Who'd have thought it? I confess to not having got round to finishing or let's face it starting the original - but Mary Ellen Bute's 1965 film, Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, with its mixture of surrealism, TV parody, sci-fi imagery and straight stagey renactment leads you by the hand through the dreaming and waking of Joyce's story - or at least enough of it to be going on with. It's quite a lovely, strange and funny little film, in that swimmy black and white - and hearing the words spoken means they somehow make a lot more sense. (At Ubuweb, via feuilleton).