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The Terence Davies Trilogy (1983)

Three autobiographical short films made over seven years about a young gay man coming to terms with his Catholic schooling, his homosexuality and guilt, his parents and their deaths, despair and loneliness.


Terence Davies


Terence Davies
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Mawdsley Phillip Mawdsley ... Robert Tucker (as a Child) (segment: Children)
Nick Stringer ... Robert's Father (segment: Children)
Valerie Lilley ... Robert's Mother (Middle-Aged) (segment: Children) (as Val Lilley)
Robin Hooper ... Robert Tucker (as a Young Man) (segment: Children)
Colin Hignett Colin Hignett ... Bully #1 (segment: Children)
Robin Bowen Robin Bowen ... Bully #2 (segment: Children)
Harry Wright Harry Wright ... Teacher #1 (segment: Children)
Phillip Joseph Phillip Joseph ... Teacher #2 (segment: Children)
Trevor Eve ... Man in Shower (segment: Children)
Linda Beckett Linda Beckett ... Neighbour (segment: Children)
Bill Maxwell ... (segment: Children)
Elizabeth Estensen Elizabeth Estensen ... Nurse (segment: Children)
Malcolm Hughes Malcolm Hughes ... Man in Bedroom (segment: Children)
Kate Fahy Kate Fahy ... Neighbour (segment: Children) (as Katherine Fahey)
Marjorie Rowlandson Marjorie Rowlandson ... Neighbour (segment: Children)
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Davies' film is divided into three segments entitled "Children", "Madonna and Child", and "Death and Transfiguartion". The segments tell the life of Robert Tucker. The first segment looks at his birth and formative years in school, an austere boy's school. The bleak environment is not aided by the loveless, violent domestic life he experiences. Nonetheless, his father's death has a major impact on him. In the second segment, he is a closeted homosexual working in a grim office and still living at home with his daunting mother. In the final segment, he deals with his mother's death and then faces his own impending doom. As his death approaches he flashes back to his life's events. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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'The Ballad of Barbara Allen' from 'Dark of the Moon'
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It's like a symphony by Mahler
16 December 2010 | by kow789See all my reviews

This can still be bought in the USA from Strand Releasing but you must go to their web site to do so. But why should you buy it, other than that is the only way you will see it. Not from birth, as the synopsis reports, but from childhood to death it is a portrait of male homosexual life in a repressive society. As so it the biography of millions of men who lived before 1972, and many who have come after. And it shows the viewer no mercy. As the writer of the synopsis for IMDb chooses to call the mother daunting, which I think he must have gotten from reading Martin Beibler rather than watching the movie, I ask you to watch the mother's face very carefully as her son reads their 'stars'. I don't know when the other reviewers think that the death scene begins, you could well say that the whole of 'death and transfiguration' is the death scene but lets say it begins after the nurse goes for the X-rays, the cutting between the reality of the remembered child and the reality of the hard death of the man is Mahler made film.

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28 September 1984 (UK) See more »

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