Terence Davies This Weekend at the Aero 

Thursday, Mar 8 2012

Terence Davies is one of the most original and compelling of British filmmakers, but his work remains commercially marginalized, especially in the U.S., where his most personal films are not available on DVD. The arrival of his new film, The Deep Blue Sea, is cause for celebration, particularly for Angelenos who can see it as part of a series at the Aero that includes a new print of his 1992 masterpiece The Long Day Closes, screening Sunday with the filmmaker making a rare appearance.

Set in midcentury Liverpool, it dramatizes Davies' memories — both sober and romanticized — of his pre-adolescent life in the years following the death of his tyrannical father (who is a key character in 1983's Terence Davies Trilogy, screening Monday). With its baroque blend of working-class ritual, graceful camera movements and expressive movie sound clips and music, the film is one of the cinema's great memory fantasias.

Bud (Leigh McCormack) is the youngest child in a large Catholic family living in slum housing, a jungle of soot-black walls and rusted iron fencing. He transcends the gloom through his love affair with the movies (especially Ealing comedies and Hollywood musicals), and the time he spends with his mother and lively siblings. The quiet and sensitive Bud's erotic inklings suggest a latent homosexuality that further isolates him from his peers.

click to enlarge The Long Day Closes
  • The Long Day Closes

Location Info

Related Stories

  • $100 Short 8

    L.A. is the most unaffordable rental market in the United States. And if you're lucky enough to be in the market to buy your own place, you're also facing some of the highest prices in the nation. Now comes word that the cash in your pocket has become less valuable...
  • Are You Ready to Vote on Weed Shop Policing? 3

    A proposed law that would have established policing of marijuana dispensaries statewide was essentially killed in the California legislature last week. Dale Gieringer, state coordinator of California NORML, says it's now time to take the matter directly to voters. He envisions the possibility, in 2016, of an initiative that would...
  • Porn's Condom Law Goes Down

    A proposal, dreaded by the porn industry, that would have mandated condom use for adult performers on-set throughout the state of California, was essentially defeated in the legislature today. The bill by L.A. state Assemblyman Isadore Hall would have expanded L.A. County's own mandatory condom rules to reach across the...
  • DTLA Fest Is Real 4

    The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the Jay Z-curated Made in America festival, which is scheduled to take place at Grand Park and on adjacent streets. See also: All-Ages Policy at Jay Z's "Made in America" Concert Is a Terrible Idea The vote came late in the game, with the...
  • Porn Company Kink.com Says Oral Sex Doesn't Require Condoms

    Last week the AIDS Healthcare Foundation told the world that it has filed a complaint with Nevada's Division of Occupational Safety and Health over a Kink.com adult video shoot in Las Vegas where condoms were not used. The group argues that federal law, which seeks to protect workers from on-the-job...

The film creates a powerful dynamic between postwar squalor and escapist artifice. Davies' Vermeer-like visual sensibility — light undulating through rain-drizzled windows or dancing over a stretch of carpet — emphasizes the beauty of the everyday. Family gatherings become tableaux vivant, iconic moments trapped in time. Slow dissolves merge scenes into cascades of association: a movie theater becomes a church, which becomes a classroom — the communities within each beautiful but frightening in their symmetry.

It's a heartbreaking vision of a world stripped by austerity measures and enlivened by tender moments of warmth.

THE BEAUTY OF THE LONG DAY: AN IN-PERSON TERENCE DAVIES TRIBUTE | March 11-12 | American Cinematheque at the Aero Theater | americancinemathequecalendar.com

Related Content

Related Locations

Now Showing

  1. Wed 27
  2. Thu 28
  3. Fri 29
  4. Sat 30
  5. Sun 31
  6. Mon 1
  7. Tue 2

    Find capsule reviews, showtimes & tickets for all films in town.

    Sponsored by Fandor

Box Office Report

Scores provided by Rotten Tomatoes

Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, concert and dining info & more!

Movie Trailers

View all movie trailers >>

Now Trending