Terence Davies

By Wendy Everett

Terence Davies
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  • ISBN: 9780719060625
  • Publish Date: Mar 2004
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6062-5
    • Pages: 256
    • Price: £19.99
    • Published Date: March 2004
    • Series: British Film-Makers


    Terence Davies has made some of the most innovative, harrowing, and hauntingly lyrical films of the contemporary era. This is the first ever book-length study of his work, combining detailed analysis of all his films with a persuasive and stimulating investigation of key filmic issues of time and memory, identity and selfhood, and the nature of literary adaptation, as well as a previously unpublished interview with Davies himself.

    The book demonstrates that Davies's films successfully subvert traditional division between 'popular' culture and 'art-house' cinema. Gardner explores not only Davies's debt to social realism, the British Documentary movement, and Ealing comedies, but equally to the European auteur tradition and to the great Hollywood musicals and melodramas that continue to inspire him. It provides fresh insight into the centrality of music in Davies's work, and into his conviction that film itself is closer to music than to any other art form.


    1. Framing the director
    2. Time, space and memory: the Terence Davies trilogy
    3. 'A pattern of timeless moments': 'Distant Voices, Still Lives'
    4. Mapping the topographies of childhood:'The Long Day Closes'
    5. Symphony for a new world?: 'The Neon Bible'
    6. 'A tapestry of small things': 'The House of Mirth'
    7. Music and time: a new dimension
    8. Coles-up: an interview with Terence Davies
    Terence Davies filmography
    General filmography
    Select bibliography


    Wendy Everett is Senior Lecturer in French and Film at the University of Bath

    Terence Davies

    By Wendy Everett

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