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Terence Davies
Director / Screenwriter
1945 -  
Born November 10, Liverpool, England
Key Production Countries: UK
Key Genres: Drama, Family Drama, Period Film
Key Collaborators: Olivia Stewart (Producer), Michael Coulter (Cinematographer), William Diver (Cinematographer/Editor), Christopher Hobbs (Production Designer)

Highly Recommended: Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)*, The Long Day Closes (1992)*, The House of Mirth (2000)^
Recommended: The Terence Davies Trilogy (1984), The Neon Bible (1995), Of Time and the City (2008), The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
* Listed in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films section; ^ Listed in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films section.

 
 
 
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Books: [ Terence Davies (British Film Makers) ]
 
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)The Long Day Closes (1992)The House of Mirth (2000)The Neon Bible (1995)
 
     
  "British director best known for painful - and painstaking - portraits of childhood. Davies' own harrowing experiences at the hands of an abusive father colour and infuse all his portraits of a working-class Britain. Nonetheless, these are flavoursome, if slow - sometimes to the point of inertia - nostalgia pieces; their atmosphere is 100 per cent redolent of Davies' upbringing in a disease-ridden Liverpool slum area, the youngest of ten children." - David Quinlan (Quinlan's Film Directors, 1999)  
     
  "He shows a passionate concern with film craft, lamenting what he sees as the British instinct to use film as a medium for recorded theatre; primarily verbal, sentimental, and in the tight bodice of traditional narrative. His films are remarkably effective in disturbing, collective memories - and myths - of British cultural life with such cinematic ingenuity." - Saul Frampton (The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia, 1998)  
     
  "Made on low budgets provided by institutional resources, the films of Terence Davies reveal a highly original, audacious film-maker. Few contemporary figures match his ability or his interest in charting the dark recesses and haunts of the soul; fewer still do with such sincerity and compassion. Indeed, he is that rarity: a British, but never parochial, director who views cinema seriously and passionately, thus fulfilling the loftiest demands of art." - Geoff Andrew (The Film Handbook, 1989)  
     
  "I make films to come to terms with my family history... If there had been no suffering, there would have been no films." - Terence Davies  
     
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"Arguably the most important British filmmaker of his generation, Terence Davies is a poet of the cinema, at once austere and passionate... Davies developed a process dependent on meticulously designed shots, tableau-like evocations of memory linked by emotional (and musical) association more than narrative chronology... Although the 1950s childhood evoked in both Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes is in many ways painful and even harrowing, the films transcend social realism and self-pity in their distilled stylization, their loving recreation of time and space, and moments of intense communal joy (often involving song, cinema, or even slapstick comedy). Their combination of art-film style and reverence for working-class popular culture is unique in British cinema." - Tom Charity, The Rough Guide to Film

 
Café Lumière
 
Top 250 Directors
Ranked 10th on Film Comment's list of the 25 Best Directors of the Decade (2000-2009)
Telegraph's Top 21 British Directors of All Time
 
See AlsoSee Also
Theo Angelopoulos
Ingmar Bergman
Robert Bresson
Jane Campion
Carl Dreyer 
Victor Erice
Peter Greenaway
Hou Hsiao-hsien
James Ivory
Neil Jordan
Mike Leigh
Lynne Ramsay
 
Terence Davies' Favourites
The Age of Innocence (1993) Martin Scorsese, The Apu Trilogy (1955-59) Satyajit Ray, Cries and Whispers (1972) Ingmar Bergman, The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950) Frank Launder, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Robert Hamer, Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Vincente Minnelli, The Searchers (1956) John Ford, Singin' in the Rain (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, Sunset Blvd. (1950) Billy Wilder, Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Alexander Mackendrick. Source: Sight & Sound (2002)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
 
 
         
         

 

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