November seems to be a weeping widow, with plenty of tears to share, welcome or not after our record drought and Indian summer. The theme this month will be “Raw emotions regarding ethnic, geographic, and personal feelings of identity.”
The Tacoma Film Club is pleased to present for our second screening this month Terence Davies inspiring documentary, OF TIME AND THE CITY (2008). Davies is a screenwriter, director, and sometime novelist. His films are notable for their symmetrical compositions, symphonic structure and measured pace. He attended the British Film Institute with Peter Greenaway. His first three short films, all concerned with death, are offered at his “Trilogy”: CHILDREN (1976), MADONNA AND CHILD (1984), and DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION (1983). He has directed/written nine films to date; I liked DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES (1988), and THE HOUSE OF MIRTH (2008).
Terrence Davis said, “It seems that a director is not welcomed by the film industry if you want to create cinema that is art, that has to be interpreted by the audience, using their own minds.”
The cinematography was done by Tim Pollard, who works exclusively on documentaries, has lensed 7 of them, and is currently working on the documentary TV series BILLY CONNELLY’S ROUTE 66.
The music was arranged by Mike Neill, who has done very successful work on 81 films; prefers the title of music supervisor, spending time researching tracks, and handling music royalty clearances.
OF TIME AND THE CITY (2008)
A film by Director, Writer, Star Terence Davies @ 74 minutes.
Synopsis: This is a fascinating documentary about Liverpool, where Davies grew up. His narration is a creative mix of his own reflections, and the poetry and prose of others, featuring the conflict he had between his Catholic upbringing and his homosexuality.
Tagline: A love song and a eulogy.
The film won the New York Critics Circle Award. It premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and it received rave reviews, followed my modest box office.
Rotten Tomatoes rated the film with 93% Critics rating, and 64% for the audience approval.
Roger Ebert wrote, This film invites a reverie. It inspired thoughts of the transience of life.”
Jonathan Rosenbaum of the CHICAGO READER wrote, “Terrence Davies is England’s greatest living filmmaker, and this–his first documentary, is a mesmerizing and eloquent essay on his native Liverpool.”
Kenneth Turan of the LA TIMES wrote, “This is a difficult film to describe, but it is a distinct pleasure to experience.”
Geoff Pevere of the TORONTO STAR wrote, “ A truly mesmerizing movie and heartfelt, evoking not only a remembrance of things past, but perhaps on some things that never were.”
So make sure to mark your personal event calendars for this Friday, November 9, 2012 and attend the Tacoma Film Club’s screening OF TIME AND THE CITY (2008). The film will be the final screening of 2012 for us at 924 Broadway, located in the historic Pythian Temple, at street level, across from the Theater in the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. The door opens at 6:15 p.m, some come early if you enjoy movie buff fellowship, Anyone who is so inclined may bring finger snacks and beverages, including wine, to share with others. The fare will be on the sidebar table adjacent to the TFC donation box. Help is certainly appreciated to assist with the club’s rent of the space and other expenses. The new TFC 2013 Membership cards are already available, a wonderful abstract “Katherine Hepburn Edition”, so anyone who wants to pay for their membership a bit ahead, it is still only $20.00 for the entire year. See you at the movies!