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Terence Davies Trilogy, The Terence Davies Trilogy, The

Terence Davies__ singular talent and style emerge over the course of these three short films.

Terence Davies__ singular talent and style emerge over the course of these three short films.

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While at Coventry Drama School in the early 1970s, Terence Davies wrote the script for Children, which he directed in 1976. He subsequently took up a place at the National Film School and, with the support of the BFI Production Board, made his graduation film Madonna and Child (1980). Three years later, also part-funded by the BFI, he completed the Trilogy with Death and Transfiguration.

The film has been restored by the BFI National Archive, who worked closely with Davies himself. Before Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes confirmed Terence Davies' status as one of the cinematic masters of our day, these three early shorts reveal a filmmaker of great promise.

In stark black and white, Davies excavates the life of his fictional alter ego, Robert Tucker, in a narrative that slips between childhood, middle age and death, shaping the raw materials of his own life into a rich tapestry of experiences and impressions.

Over the course of these three films, we witness the emergence of Davies' singular talent and style, the refinement of his technique, and a director growing in confidence, soon to become fted as British cinema's greatest film poet.

While at Coventry Drama School in the early 1970s, Terence Davies wrote the script for Children, which he directed in 1976. He subsequently took up a place at the National Film School and, with the support of the BFI Production Board, made his graduation film Madonna and Child (1980). Three years later, also part-funded by the BFI, he completed the Trilogy with Death and Transfiguration.

The film has been restored by the BFI National Archive, who worked closely with Davies himself. Before Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes confirmed Terence Davies' status as one of the cinematic masters of our day, these three early shorts reveal a filmmaker of great promise.

In stark black and white, Davies excavates the life of his fictional alter ego, Robert Tucker, in a narrative that slips between childhood, middle age and death, shaping the raw materials of his own life into a rich tapestry of experiences and impressions.

Over the course of these three films, we witness the emergence of Davies' singular talent and style, the refinement of his technique, and a director growing in confidence, soon to become fted as British cinema's greatest film poet.

Extras

  • Full feature commentary by Terence Davies
  • Filmed interview with Terence Davies by Geoff Andrew
  • 10-page illustrated booklet including essays by Derek Jarman and Distant Voices, Still Lives producer Jennifer Howarth on Terence Davies at Film School

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SKU 5035673007525
Catalogue Number BFIVD752
Subtitle Children + Madonna and Child + Death and Transfiguration
Product contents
  • Full feature commentary by Terence Davies.
  • Filmed interview with Terence Davies by Geoff Andrew.
  • 10-page illustrated booklet including essays by Derek Jarman and Distant Voices, Still Lives producer Jennifer Howarth.
Year 1976 , 1980 , 1983
Director Davies, Terence
Publisher(s) BFI
Format DVD
Countries United Kingdom
Aspect ratio DVD-9, original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Black/white
Sound Sound
Subtitles English for the hard-of-hearing
Running time 94
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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