The Long Day Closes

The Long Day Closes

Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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The story of eleven-year-old Bud, a sad and lonely boy who 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.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2014]
Edition: Blu-ray edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781604658057
Branch Call Number: BLURAY LONG 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min. each) : Blu-ray, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Blu-ray,4 3/4 in.,Blu-ray
laser optical,NTSC,Blu-ray
video file,Blu-ray,region A,Blu-ray


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Jun 27, 2016

"The sorrow of life is the joy of art."
One of the greatest films about memory, childhood, and family.
Davies demonstrates that, of all the arts, film is the closest to music in its ability to touch the heart.
* * * The commentary by the director is highly recommended.

xaipe Dec 20, 2015

Terence Davies is one of my favorite directors and "The Long Day Closes" is his masterpiece, a film that was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 1992. It's a portrait of family life which is a collage of free association impressions of a young boy in Liverpool in the mid-1950s.
The actual themes of the movie (the fear of budding gay sexual desire and the fear of death) are interwoven into the daily life of Bud who is the youngest child in a working class family. Some of the shots, which were filmed in black and white, are so grim that they seem to be from another world. Bud spends all of his free time going to the movies with his adult sister. His fantasies mirror the movies which are his only escape from his drab life and his elementary school which is run by nuns and teachers who use cruel corporal punishments. The movie is a recounting of Terence Davies' own life and his awakening sexuality, his religious guilt, and the torment that it produces in Bud. It's really impossible to recount what the movie is "about." It is a series of impressions which well up from a child's unconscious and his memories of growing up filmed in a dream-like narrative.
Roger Ebert listed "The Long Day Closes" as one of the "greatest movies ever made."

Jul 15, 2015

I often like the off-beat British films, but this one was much too slow, hard to catch each word. Had I no previous knowledge of the place & time I'd have given up entirely. I wasn't clear to me that one disc is 'blue-ray' & would not play for me. Britain in the 50's, 60's is very different from US, still struggling with war deprivations & the class strata.

Jul 12, 2014

I know of no other film quite like this. There is a scene I remember (from around ten years ago when I saw it)
where the boy is sitting in a window seat looking out on a Liverpool street scene and the focus is on the rug on the wood floor, and the movement of the sun very slowly across it and how the quality of light suggests the passage of clouds over the sun. It still gives me shivvers of delight, so subtle and sensitive that only those for whom childhood has blended into adulthood with fullness can appreciate. Not for everyone, thank god.

aaa5756 Apr 14, 2014

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it is far from being good. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.


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aaa5756 Apr 14, 2014

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