Of Time and the City

Of Time and the City

A Love Song and A Eulogy

DVD - 2009
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Terence Davies lifts viewers up into the world of fantasy and collective emotion as he presents popular and classical music, voices, radio clips, and a powerful poignant voiceover of his birthplace Liverpool. Includes themes such as Catholicism, homosexuality, violence, death, loss, the glory of cinema, outsiderness, and childhood
Publisher: [Culver City, CA] : Strand Releasing, 2009
Branch Call Number: DVD 914.2 Of
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (74 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 13, 2014

Writer/director Terence Davies presents us with a highly subjective hallucinatory slideshow of words and images as he recalls growing up gay, Catholic, and angry in post WWII Liverpool. Snapshots and snippets of video show a city of crushing poverty rubbing shoulders with Royal excesses and religious pomp while the common folk go about the business of simply living. Davie’s own recollections, written in muscular prose and spoken with all the solemnity of a high mass, describe a city both menacing and banal, robust and sadly vulnerable. Filling in the narrative gaps with quotes from the likes of Jung and Engels and smoothing it all over with an eclectic soundtrack of pop tunes, mournful arias and majestic choral pieces, Davies leaves us with an emotional collage of conflicting feelings which is a far cry from the working class fantasyland of The Long Day Closes. Piercing, sardonic, occasionally tender, yet always compelling, Of Time and the City makes for an unsettling piece of cinematic art.

Jan 02, 2013

Made up of a collection of mainly old, black and white, and grainy video clips, this documentary by UK director Terence Davies is too personal for my liking. Apparently many film critics liked it and gave it rave reviews. I guess if you are a fan of the city of Liverpool you may like it more.


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