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The Long Day Closes (1992)

PG | | Biography, Drama | 28 May 1993 (USA)
A young British boy comes of age among his loving family and the austere Catholic Church as he realizes his love of cinema and his homosexuality.

Director:

Terence Davies

Writer:

Terence Davies
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Mother
Leigh McCormack Leigh McCormack ... Bud
Anthony Watson Anthony Watson ... Kevin
Nicholas Lamont Nicholas Lamont ... John
Ayse Owens Ayse Owens ... Helen
Tina Malone Tina Malone ... Edna
Jimmy Wilde Jimmy Wilde ... Curly
Robin Polley Robin Polley ... Mr. Nicholls
Peter Ivatts ... Mr. Bushell
Joy Blakeman Joy Blakeman ... Frances
Denise Thomas Denise Thomas ... Jean
Patricia Morison ... Amy (as Patricia Morrison)
Gavin Mawdsley Gavin Mawdsley ... Billy (as Gavin Mawdslay)
Kirk McLaughlin Kirk McLaughlin ... Labourer / Christ
Marcus Heath Marcus Heath ... Black Man
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Storyline

The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old "Bud." A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school, but Bud is the center of attention both from the camera's angle and from his doting family. With a gray background, the film fuses clips and audio from classic movies into Bud's dreary childhood and brings it to life with an elegance Bach would bring to your home movies. The overall effect is a montage of memory which seems to ignite flashes of recognition in the viewer. Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hosszú nap véget ér See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,700, 30 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$161,179
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Received a 10-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (although it ultimately went home empty-handed). See more »

Crazy Credits

Unusually for a film from the 1990s, but in keeping with the 1950s setting, the full acting, creative and technical credits are in the opening titles. There are however 'Special thanks' and music acknowledgments after the final 'The End' caption. See more »

Connections

References The Robe (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Blow the Wind Southerly
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Performed by Kathleen Ferrier
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Poetry on Film
20 October 2000 | by scr1veSee all my reviews

If you see poetry as a way of looking at life- a particular awareness or appreciation perhaps- then this film is about as close as you can get to a representation of poetry on film (along with Davies earlier- and quite similar biographical film- 'Distant Voices, Still Lives').

Memory sometimes reduces things into metonymy, and this could be used to explain the beautiful simplicity of the visuals- usually emphasising a certain aspect of living- time passing, light hitting a surface etc... bringing it out of obscurity and making the viewer focus singularly on that aspect... which is why this film could be labelled transcendental. Things that pass, or are taken for granted in everyday life transcend themselves in this film.

If you have enjoyed this film I would strongly recommend that you see 'Distant Voices, Still Lives' as well as the great works of directors such as Robert Bresson and Andrei Tarkovsky- examples of other directors whose gaze turns life into poetry.


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