Arrow films announce two films from director Joseph Strick

Arrow Films have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of the notorious film Ulysses (1967) and The Balcony (1963), both directed by Oscar® and BAFTA winning American director Joseph Strick, for 23rd February and 22nd March 2004 respectively. Retail is £15.99 each.

Ulysses is one of the most controversial films of all time. The screenplay very closely mirrored the James Joyce book of the same name, and the reaction to the film mirrored that to the book on its release in 1922. The Irish film censor’s office banned it outright and a civil servant claimed that if the film was cleared for showing to the Irish audience, then it would bring “discredit” on the government. It was not until 2001 that the film was passed for release in Ireland with a 15 certificate. The film takes place on June 16th 1904, and follows a day in the lives of three characters: Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom and Molly Bloom, culminating with Molly’s infamous soliloquy where she is seen languishing in bed and falling out of her nightdress. Celebrations are planned this year across Dublin for the centenary of the day in question, which has become known as Bloomsday. The film was nominated for the Palme D’Or in Cannes in 1967 and also received an Oscar® nomination for Best Adapted screenplay and 3 BAFTA nominations in 1968.

DVD Extras: Notes by Joseph Strick – anecdotes from the worldwide ban on Ulysses.

The Balcony is another critically acclaimed film from Strick, receiving an Oscar® nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White in 1964. Based on the play by Jean Genet, the “Balcony” is a brothel where patrons come to live out their fantasies and escape the revolutionary fervor of the war outside. Shelley Winters is a very convincing madam, with fascinating support from a young Lee Grant as her assistant and a very young Leonard Nimoy as a rebel leader! Peter Falk completes the cast in this strange and surreal piece of Hollywood cinema that was hugely daring at its time.

DVD Extras: Memoir by Joseph Strick

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