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You (Plural) is an exciting project which takes James Joyce’s "Ulysses" as a primary source, but attends to the two main sources Joyce adapted to create Ulysses – Homer’s "Odyssey," and Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" – and combines them in a fresh way which stays true to the complexity of each author. Yet, whereas "Ulysses" functions as an homage to the entire history of literature, the fine arts, popular and classical music, the sciences, &c., my adaptation is an homage to the arts which came after the fin de siècle.
Beyond adapting the three primary works, You (Plural) works as an homage to all the arts of the 20th century, citing more than 500 works. The film chronologically comments, alludes to and plays recordings of seminal pieces by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Cage, Stockhausen, Glass, Golijov, &al. The “Hades” section charts the evolution of German Expressionism to Film Noir to Gangster cinema primarily by recreating shot-for-shot scenes from more than twenty movies. In the “Oxen” chapter, You (Plural) sketches the entire history of dramatic cinema, alluding to more than seventy auteurs or well over two hundred films. The “Stendhal Syndrome” chapter visualizes works by artists from the futurist, surrealist, pop art, abstract expressionist movements, &c. “Wandering Rocks: The Campus Novel,” includes scenes from works by Virginia Woolf, John Barth, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, &al. And besides quoting from ten other works by Shakespeare and every work by James Joyce, there are allusions and adaptations from works by Faulkner, Thomas Pynchon, Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, &al.