Long Day Closes

Release Date: 28 July 2008 | Certificate: To Be Announced
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The beautiful multi-layered opening scene of Terence Daviess follow-up to DISTANT VOICES STILL LIVES is a perfect illustration of how Davies uses his directorial craft to realise his autobiographical themes. Accompanied by snippets of dialogue from films like THE LADYKILLERS along with 20th Century Foxs triumphant theme music and Nat King Cole crooning Stardust Daviess camera glides down a rain-drenched Liverpool street its houses now in ruin with a peeling poster of THE ROBE hanging on a wall. Davies then fades to a sunny sepia-toned 1955 where in one such house 11-year-old Bud begs to go to a picture show. Unlike in Daviess previous work Buds home is happy and safe complete with joyful holiday tableaux and numerous movie outings. His Catholic school however is a harsh world where teachers administer lashings and he is bullied and friendless. Bud is a wistful observer in life--both at the cinema and at home--watching his much older siblings and neighbourhood kids from the window. Davies again creates a lovely dreamlike montage of memories with gliding tracking shots and an artful layering of film dialogue (THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS GREAT EXPECTATIONS) pop songs and religious music.

Audio commentary from Terence Davis and DoP Mick Coulter, On-set interview with production designer Christopher Hobbs, Behind-the-scenes footage of Terence Davies directing, Fully illustrated booklet
Release Date: 28 July 2008
Certificate: tba - To Be Announced
Directed by: Terence Davies

Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 85 minutes
Production Year: 1992
Main Language: English
Hearing Impaired Languages: English

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Catalogue No: BFIVD749