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    Thanks to Terence Davies’s distinctive filmmaking style, The Long Day Closes doesn’t quite feel like any other motion picture. This intensely moving, ethereal reverie on a brief happy period of the director’s often sad childhood in Liverpool during the fifties moves in and out of different moods and sensations, rather than laying out a straightforward narrative. His films may come across as stream-of-consciousness, but Davies actually meticulously sets up every shot and music cue in the first draft of his scripts. Often, his plans are ambitious, as is clear from the following magnificently realized scene. Set to Debbie Reynolds’s 1957 hit song ”Tammy,” it is a virtuosic cinematic symphony, composed of incredible high-angle shots of a movie theater, church, and schoolroom, graphically matched to express the importance of those three locations in Davies’s youth.

5 comments

  • By Kyle Edward Harris
    January 29, 2014
    03:26 PM

    Whoa. I've never been more sold on anything in my life.
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  • By Manuel P.
    January 29, 2014
    03:59 PM

    Impressive, to say the least.
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  • By thevoid99
    January 29, 2014
    08:24 PM

    That is cinema at its purest form.
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  • By Sidney
    January 29, 2014
    09:49 PM

    Absolutely wonderful! Just calling it virtuoso is an extreme understatement.
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  • By obscuredbyclouds
    May 30, 2014
    06:44 PM

    This scene alone makes me want to pick this up immediately. I have to wait until July, but I don't know if I can...
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