Happy Bloomsday, everybody!
Today would be a good day to remember Joseph Strick's controversial 1967 film adaptation of James Joyce's utterly unfilmable novel. Strick makes no attempt to disguise the 1960s Dublin in which he filmed -- refusing to dress his movie up in Edwardian costumes. Although Joyce's novel has never been in danger of losing touch with the city in which it's story unfolds, Strick's film connects it intimately with a living and breathing Dublin, not a nostalgic and museumified Dublin. It's second great accomplishment, as Peter Bradshaw noted in his review of the film, is that it invites us "to see Ulysses not as a novel but an epically extended short story."
The Dublin-based performance collective At It Again has worked to turn the film into a Rocky Horror-style participatory experience and has put it at the center of a campaign (complete with a Bloomsbury Survival Kit) to treat Ulysses with the type of profound irreverence that it deserves.