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451 Ratings

Of Time and the City

Directed by Terence Davies
United Kingdom, 2008
Documentary, Biography


A personal portrait that draws upon the first 28 years in the life of British director Terence Davies, who was born and grew up in Liverpool. Youth and inspiration weave his own story into the recent history of the city, held together by fascinating found footage and counterpointed sound.

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Of Time and the City Directed by Terence Davies
It’s both a first person historical essay and a visual poem. Combining archival and newsreel footage, it is layered with Davies’ intimate voiceover of readings from Eliot, Dickinson, and Chekhov, personal recollections, and his carefully curated musical accents. It is both warm and biting; a melancholy (farewell) love letter, which is also, like so much of Davies’ work, very funny.
September 20, 2017
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Terence Davies blends tender emotion with deliciously irreverent, savage wit in his highly personal and poetic documentary-collage of Liverpool.
February 09, 2016
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In drawing again on his life, following a brace of literary adaptations (The Neon Bible, The House of Mirth) that invoke it only obliquely, Davies somewhat miraculously finds a new angle: the friction between the artist anchored in the past, and the world that continues turning.
December 20, 2011
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