NFTS at 50

Of Time and the City

+ Q&A with director Terence Davies

Terence Davies looks back at the Liverpool he grew up in.

Image from Of Time and the City + Q&A with director Terence Davies

UK 2008
Dir Terence Davies
74min
Digital
Certificate 12A

Deftly assembling judiciously chosen archive footage, Davies looks back – in anger, sometimes, but also with amusement and affection – at the Liverpool he grew up in, comparing it with the city of today. Peppering his own comments (many of them wickedly witty) with a range of literary quotations, he also makes brilliantly apposite use of music from Mahler to Peggy Lee, and Shostakovich to The Hollies.

+ Madonna and Child
UK 1980. Dir Terence Davies. 30min
The centrepiece of Davies’ Liverpool-set Trilogy focuses on his fictional alter-ego in middle age.

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