Closely Watched Films: Terence Davies

2/20/08 to 2/27/08

“Flawlessly measured, immensely moving”: the words used by a Village Voice critic to describe Terence Davies's adaptation of The House of Mirth could well describe this British director's small but emotionally huge output. In films like his beloved Trilogy and the Cannes Critics Award–winning Distant Voices, Still Lives, Davies turns the stuff of a Liverpudlian past into masterful mise-en-scène, suffused with life, diffused by memory. Closely Watched Films includes a “shot-by-shot” discussion with the director.

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  • The House of Mirth

    • Wednesday, February 27 7:30 pm

    Gillian Anderson plays a woman destroyed by social expectations in Davies's powerful adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel. “Davies's sense of the material is closer to a Mizoguchi geisha drama than Masterpiece Theatre.”-Village Voice

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives: Shot-by-Shot

    • Saturday, February 23 2:30 pm

    Discussion with Terence Davies. Davies leads us through his film in what promises to be a transfixing trip down memory lane.

  • The Neon Bible

    • Friday, February 22 9:05 pm

    Terence Davies in Person. John Kennedy Toole's novel, set in a small Southern town, is transformed through Davies's sensibility into “a cinema of raw feelings and incandescent moments.”-Chicago Reader. With Gena Rowlands.

  • The Long Day Closes

    • Friday, February 22 7:00 pm

    Terence Davies in Person. Depicting a cinephilic childhood in 1950s England, Davies paints a world of music, shadows, and light. “A marriage of individual and collective memory consecrated by the movies.”-Village Voice

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    • Thursday, February 21 7:30 pm

    Terence Davies in Person. Davies mines family memories, both painful and bittersweet, for an elliptical, luminous, and moving portrait of a working-class life in mid-century Liverpool. “Terence Davies's mesmerizing memory film becomes its own kind of poetry: taut, referential, inward, brilliant.”-L.A. Times

  • The Terence Davies Trilogy

    • Wednesday, February 20 7:30 pm

    Terence Davies in Person. Introduced by David Thomson. Three short films entwine into a devastating portrayal of the impact of religion, family, and sexual torment on the life of a man much like Davies himself. “Lacerating but ecstatic in tone.”-David Thomson