Of Time and The City
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From the original voice of British auteur Terence Davies comes a visual poem about the director's life in Liverpool from 1945 to 1973. It is a very personal portrait of Liverpool, beyond its Beatles and its football clubs, the home of the writer's birth, where youth and inspiration weave his own story into the recent history of the city with fascinating found footage and a lyrical soundtrack. The visual poem is played out against a backdrop of densely packed urban living and backbreaking domestic labor. But Davies counterpoints the slums with beautiful, soaring music and lifts us into the world of fantasy and collective emotion which makes the misery of life bearable. For lovers of Davies' previous work many of his themes from his earlier narrative pieces thread through this film--Catholicism, homosexuality, violence, death, loss, the glory of cinema, outsiderness and childhood. Narrated by Davies.
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Those of us who grew up in places like the Bronx in the 1950s and 1960s may empathize - my eyes filled with tears when Davies says, "Oh, the Liverpool that I loved, where have you gone?" For the film is not only about Liverpool, but about loss at the ruthless hand of Change - as the title says, "Of Time and the City". The narrative is spoken by Davies himself, and is accompanied by a marvelously eclectic musical score ranging from classical to popular. Gorgeously photographed, this is a heart-wrenching film. I am so glad to have seen it.
This movie depicts the city of Liverpool and its residents but represents all cities and cultures that have disappeared as times change. The permanent "play streets" that once existed in Liverpool are now given over to traffic. The forboding row houses are now giant apartment buildings. For better or worse? There is a profound sense of world-sorrow in the poetic narration and the old black and white pictures that is beyond nostalgia. It's educational but sorrowful.
I only wish I had seen the film before my brief time there while on a tour of Britain; the visit would have been much more meaningful.
Unique, precious film footage set to heavenly music. And the comments only add to the sincerity of the effort.
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Utterly compelling. Seeing and hearing and listening to the parent past. For the first time. The architecture of decay and children play. Surpassed.Read more