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Of Time and the City

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United Kingdom · 2008
1h 14m
Director Terence Davies
Starring Terence Davies
Genre Documentary

Both a love story and eulogy to the director's birthplace of Liverpool, England, the film’s visual content consists largely of archival clips of Liverpool from the 1940s to the 1960s. Director Terence Davies looks at the city’s transformation of the years, the archival footage complimented by his dry voice-over narration.

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Result is by turns moving, droll and charming, and niftily assembled, but not necessarily that profound.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

It is a deeply personal piece of art that never descends into the confessional or the therapeutic, and a work of social and literary criticism that never lectures or hectors, but rather, with melancholy, tenderness and wit, manages to sing.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

The film is made up chiefly of found footage and therefore lacks the mise en scene of its predecessors, but it has the added benefit of Davies's voice-over narration, which, thanks to his training and experience as an actor, is enormously powerful.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Most of all, Davies proves himself to be a poet of the commonplace whose art is the exalting of the everyday. He may rail against "the British genius for creating the dismal," but his own work is anything but.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

''Documentary'' is too impersonal a word and ''visual poem'' is too mushy a phrase to describe Of Time and the City, a short, beautiful, characteristically sublime memory piece by the great British auteur Terence Davies.