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Films & Schedules - Of Time and the City

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 3 PM (B3)

Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 7 PM (B3)

Of Time and the City

DIRECTOR: Terence Davies - Great Britain

Of Time and the City was commimssioned to celebrate Liverpool, which won England's bid to become the European Union's Capital of Culture for 2008.  The idea was to commission a straightforward tribute film, but writer-director Davies had something else in mind, and crafted a very personal, poetic meditation--alternately angry, funny and moving--on his birthplace.  The film seamlessly fuses his distinct voice and wry humor with rich archival footage and half-forgotten bits of nostalgia.  Davies reflects on the feeling of timelessness and a lost sense of place, fashioning a love song and personal eulogy that invites one to "come closer.  See your dreams.  See mine."  Like Guy Maddin's recent My Winnipeg, rather than a dry, historical account of urban renewal and civic boosterism, this is a stimulating ode to a mid-twentieth century hometown.

Selected Filmography: Madonna and Child (80), Distant Voices, Still Lives (88), The Long Day Closes (92), The Neon Bible (95), The House of Mirth (00).

B3     74 Minutes    

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