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Directed by Alan Adelson, Kate Taverna

United States 2012 80 mins. In English

IN BED WITH ULYSSES details the provocative story of how James Joyce’s novel ULYSSES, widely considered among the greatest works of modern fiction, came into existence. Revisiting the toll it took on its author and his family and the shockwaves it caused around the world, the film expertly reveals the dramatic human story behind the novel’s origins. Through interviews (among them Irish novelist Edna O’Brien and National Book Award winner Colum McCann) and readings, the people, places, and characters involved in the novel’s creation—including Leopold and Molly Bloom, the latter played by New York stage actress Kathleen Chalfant (“Angels in America,” “Wit”), the filmmakers succeed in revealing how accessible and amusing the language of the novel is and how it is a work to be enjoyed by all. “The movie lets fresh air into ULYSSES like a gust from the Irish Sea.”—The New York Times.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.