The Long Day Closes (1992)
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as Mr. Nicholls
as Mr. Bushell
as Black Man
as 1st Bully
as 2nd Bully
as 3rd Bully
Critic Reviews for The Long Day Closes
[An] exquisite, impressionistic, largely autobiographical reverie ...
There's no traditional story to speak of here, no dramatic conflict to send the characters off on a goal or motivating action to set a series of events in motion. Rather, Davies offers cinematic snapshots capturing privileged moments...
[T]hough his work is always suffused with melancholy, the predominate feeling of The Long Day Closes is one of deep, enveloping love for the music, movies, and comforts of his youth.
Davies keeps looking back until it hurts, and that's where his art begins.
Though not as fully realized and touching as the original masterpiece of Distant Voices, the sequel is very much worth seeing.
Audience Reviews for The Long Day Closes
a lyrical ode to a boy's love for cinema, incorporating songs from the 50s and dialogue from classic hollywood films. it's a unique approach, rendering an impression of memories rather than a straight narrative structure. very well done
Wasn't that big of a fan of Distant Voices, Still Lives but I liked this look at Bud. Interesting issues of growing up gay in an intolerant time.
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. Was the above review useful to you?
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