Of Time and the City (2008)

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A filmmaker looks at the history and transformation of his birthplace, Liverpool, England.



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Terence Davies (1945- ), filmmaker and writer, takes us, sometimes obliquely, to his childhood and youth in Liverpool. He's born Catholic and poor; later he rejects religion. He discovers homo-eroticism, and it's tinged with Catholic guilt. Enjoying pop music gives way to a teenage love of Mahler and Wagner. Using archival footage, we take a ferry to a day on the beach. Postwar prosperity brings some positive change, but its concrete architecture is dispiriting. Contemporary colors and sights of children playing may balance out the presence of unemployment and persistent poverty. Davies' narration is a mix of his own reflections and the poems and prose of others. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

31 October 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Az idő és a város  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£57,195 (UK) (31 October 2008)


$32,551 (USA) (8 May 2009)

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"Music for the Royal Fireworks
(George Frideric Handel)
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker
Licensed courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
Under license from Universal Music Operations
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...the years wasted in useless prayer.
13 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There was a time when the world was black and while. I lived in that time, and so did Terence Davies. His time in the 50s and 60s was spent in Liverpool, and in this film, this poem with images, and songs, and poetry, and and words of remembrance, he takes us to that time that only those who lived it would fully appreciate.

We didn't really know we were poor. We made the best of it and found happiness where we could - at the beach, by winning a race at the fair, or in the movies.

The crack began in the mid to late 60s, and we started to question why some had and others didn't, why a church held such power over our lives, why love could not be shared by all, black and white, straight and gay.

I thank Terence Davies for this trip back. it was a beautiful thing.

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