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  • Actors: Marjorie Yates, Leigh McCormack, Anthony Watson, Nicholas Lamont
  • Directors: Terence Davies
  • Writers: Terence Davies
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0018OS158
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,015 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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THE LONG DAY CLOSES
A film by Terence Davies

Terence Davies lyrical hymn to childhood revisits the same territory as his prize winning debut feature Distant Voices, Still Lives, this time focusing on his own memories of growing up in a working-class, Catholic family in Liverpool.

Eleven-year-old Bud (a heartbreaking performance from Leigh McCormack) finds escape from the greyness of 50s Britain through trips to the cinema and in the warmth of family life. But as he gets older, the agonies of the adult world the casual cruelty of bullying, the tyranny of school and the dread of religion begin to invade his life .

Time and memory blend and blur through Davies fluid camerawork; slow tracking shots, pan and dreamlike dissolves combine to create the world of Bud's imagination and the lost paradise of childhood.

DVD extras

  • Full feature commentary with Terence Davies and DoP Mick Coulter
  • On-set interview with production designer Christopher Hobbs
  • Behind the scenes footage of Terence Davies directing
  • Fully illustrated booklet
  • Fully uncompressed PCM stereo audio

UK | 1992 | colour | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 85 minutes | DVD-9 | Ratio 1.85:1 | Region 2 DVD

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An informal sequel to his breakthrough feature Distant Voices, Still Lives, Terence Davies' film revisits the same vivid autobiographical sources as its predecessor. Set in working-class Liverpool in the mid-50s, it's less a linear story than an impressionistic tapestry of sights, sounds, colours and above all music woven together in the head of the 11-year-old protagonist (called Bud, but very clearly meant for Davies himself). Brought up in a mainly female household--widowed mother and four older sisters--Bud undergoes ordeals of bullying and stern punishment at his new Catholic school. But he spends most of his time lapped by the warm fringes of the adult world, of which he's a fascinated observer, often delighted, sometimes obscurely troubled. A nostalgic mix of film clips and popular songs--on the radio or in family sing-songs--contribute to Bud's rich inner life, but sentimentality is held at bay by the poignancy for the boy's situation, alienated from children of his own age and nervously aware of his emergent gay sexuality. Davies' stylised lighting heightens the sense of captured memory, while his stately, elegant camera traces patterns and connections, eliding the borders between reality and fantasy. --Philip Kemp

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