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THE TERENCE DAVIES TRILOGY
Children (1976, 44 mins) | Madonna and Child (1980, 26 mins) | Death and Transfiguration (1983, 24 mins)
Films by Terence Davies
Before Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes confirmed his status as one of the cinematic masters of our day, these three short early films by Terence Davies reveal a filmmaker of great early promise.
In stark black and white, Davies excavates the life of his fictional alter ego, Robert Tucker, in a narrative that slips like a shuffled pack of cards between childhood, middle age and death, shaping the raw materials of his own life into a rich tapestry of experiences and impressions.
Over the course of these films, we witness the emergence of Davies singular talent, the refinement of his technique and a director, growing in confidence, soon to become fêted as British cinema's greatest film poet.
- Full feature commentary by Terence Davies
- Filmed interview with Terence Davies
- Fully illustrated booklet including essay by Derek Jarman
- Fully uncompressed PCM stereo audio
UK | 1976 -1983 | black & white | English language with hard-of-hearing subtitles | 94 minutes | DVD-9 | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
In this linked trio of short fictional films, all set in Liverpool and shot over a nine-year period, Terence Davies takes an oblique step towards the autobiographical material that he later mined for his less austere full-length features, Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes. Taken together, the three films trace the biography of a man over seven decades. In the first film of the trilogy, "Child", we meet the young Robert Tucker as an introverted boy, victimised at school and deeply attached to his emotionally unstable mother. The second film, "Madonna and Child" (completed while Davies was at film school) finds Tucker as a middle-aged man, torn by the conflict between his Catholic faith and his gay sexuality. The final film of the trilogy, "Death and Transfiguration", depicts Tucker (now played by Wildrid Brambell, famous from the classic TV comedy series Steptoe and Son) as an 80-year-old man dying in a hospital bed. The grimness of the subject matter, with its focus on guilt and unfulfilled longing, is offset by the beauty of Davies' imagery, the richness of his visual detail and his wry, understated wit. --Philip Kemp -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product description
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13 April 2015
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A very emotive piece that shows the futility of life. Shot in black and white exacerbates the tension in the inner soul. The ending leaves one in despair and depression and in fact shows the attitude to the topic in the time the trilogy was written and filmed.
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This collection of Terence Davies’ first three short films (Children, Madonna and Child, and Death and Transfiguration) establishes the man as one of the most original, honest and...Read more
Terence Davies made the first of these films in 1976, while the other two shorts followed in 1980 and 1983.Read more
I first saw the film on Channel Four many years ago and it stayed in my psyche from then on. I read the book as well and again the story affected me deeply.Read more