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Terence Davies – The Long Day Closes

The film maker Terence Davies grew up gay in Liverpool in the 1950’s. One of his early films, ‘The Long Day Closes’ is a beautiful, slow, melancholic meditation on his childhood, on memory and on his mother and family. It also focuses on the young boy’s love of, and escape into, cinema.

The camera lingers lovingly on moments of strange beauty; the way sunlight will play on the patterned carpet in the hall. Or else it will stop for a while to watch the boy’s mother singing in the kitchen whilst she cooks or cleans.

Music and cinema weave in and out of this movie. In this scene, I believe, Davies is making an exquisite metaphor for cinema being both his church and his education. I love the quote from ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’. Forgive this clip being in German but maybe European cinemagoers appreciate Davies’ work more than his countrymen do!


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An arty farty, gay geek musing on movies, art & culture!

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