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We begin with an establishing shot of Leopold Bloom’s lower middle-class neighborhood north of the River Liffey. The river bifurcates the city of Dublin and serves as an important landmark for Joyce in all his work.
Even though Calypso is happening simultaneously with Telemachus, we’re entering a much different world, one of soft morning air and “gelid” light. Rather than the Hitchcockian scream of the seagulls, we have the gentle “bong” of churchbells signalling a new day. In a moment we will be in Leopold Bloom’s kitchen at 7 Eccles Street, then following him towards St. George’s Church (here seen in the distance, and source of the bells) as he goes on his morning errands.