Distant Voices, Still Lives
1988, Terence Davies, UK, 85 min.
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"This beautiful memoir, conceivably one of the greatest of all English films, is so startling and original that we may not have the vocabulary to do it justice."--Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A gripping and original piece of work... perhaps the first truly Proustian film."--Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
Found at or near the top of most lists of the greatest British films, Terence Davies's
autobiographical masterpiece chronicles the lives of a Liverpool working-class family.
The narrative is divided into two modules: the first set during World War II and
dominated by the family's brutal father, the second centering on his children's entry into
adulthood and marriage during an early 1950s period of normalcy and stagnation. The
film's Proustian structure follows the circular paths of memory, and the soundtrack and
imagetrack resonate off each other in complex counterpoint. In particular, the soundtrack
is so memorably laced with period songs ("Buttons and Bows," "Bye Bye Blackbird,"
etc.) that the film seems almost a musical, perhaps a strongly revisionist version of
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