Of Time and the City
A lyrical cinepoem about Davies’s hometown of Liverpool from 1945 to 1973, Of Time and the City taps many of the themes from his earlier narrative films—Catholicism, homosexuality, violence, death, loss, childhood, and the glory of cinema. Davies narrates the film; his reflections and emotive delivery are laced with candor and irony and mixed with favorite lines by other writers and poets. The visual imagery includes archival footage of Liverpool, its civic buildings and row houses, and the hardworking souls of the city. “Working with the most basic and most ethereal of cinematic materials—time and memory—Mr. Davies has devised a mosaic-like film language” (Dennis Lim, New York Times).