THE TERENCE DAVIES TRILOGY
1983, BFI, 94 min, UK, Dir: Terence Davies

Divided into three segments titled “Children,” “Madonna and Child” and “Death and Transfiguration,” Terence Davies’ highly celebrated trio of shorts follows the life of Robert Tucker (played by Phillip Mawdsley, Terry O’Sullivan and Wilfrid Brambell) as he grows up attending an austere boys school, becomes an office worker as a young man while still living at home and grappling with his closeted homosexuality, and finally, deals with the death of his mother and confronts his own weakening health. Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 1984 Locarno International Film Festival.


THE LONG DAY CLOSES
1992, FilmDesk, 85 min, UK, Dir: Terence Davies

An elegant hymn to memory and the transporting power of the movies, Terence Davies’ tale of young Bud, a lonely, isolated preteen in postwar Liverpool, was listed by Time Out London as one of the best British films ever made, and is a moving biographical work. Though doted upon by his mother and sisters, Bud is miserable at his new school, where menacing bullies make his life hell, and he retreats to the local movie house, letting the silvery images of the cinema bring him some solace.


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