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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001TH2DO4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,840 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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From the original voice of the great British auteur, Terence Davies, comes a visual poem which draws upon the first 28 years of the director’s life in Liverpool until he left in 1973. “Cut it as if it were fiction,” Davies says, with “images which speak” and a layered sound track of popular and classical music, voices, radio clips and a powerful, poignant voiceover by Mr. Davies. OF TIME AND THE CITY is a very personal portrait of Liverpool, beyond its Beatles and its football clubs, the home of the writer’s birth, where youth and inspiration weave his own story into the recent history of the City with fascinating found footage and counterpointed sound. An Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2008 and the Toronto International Film Festival 2008.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Private Masterpiece Oct. 2 2010
By Mary M - Published on
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First I rented, then I bought. There is nothing like this film anywhere. Just sit back, watch and listen to a world, not at all beautiful, but achingly poignant.

I only wish I had seen the film before my brief time there while on a tour of Britain; the visit would have been much more meaningful.

Unique, precious film footage set to heavenly music. And the comments only add to the sincerity of the effort.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant Allegory Nov. 15 2011
By Rex - Published on
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Of Time and the City isn't only about Liverpool. It could just as well be speaking of Detroit today or any other city decimated by "progress" and the pursuit of the next new thing. The people progress from childhood to old age as observers of growth and decay while all the time it is happening to them too. The film is a brilliant allegory about life in the modern world. The narration seems to begin with admiration, journey through disappointment, only to arrive at hope for the next generation. The constant quotes read as captions to the photography are worth the price alone. The narrator's personal comments may rile some but are only part of a portrait of life in the big city. It ain't all hearts and flowers.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A marvellous documentary July 4 2009
By books - Published on
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A beautifully made film,fanatstic use of black and white footage and a poetic commentary. Pure film making by a devotee of film.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
From a Biased Fan Dec 25 2011
By Wayne Courtois - Published on
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I am biased because I love the films of Terence Davies, even as I realize they are not for everyone. That is the point, really: his work is a direct reflection of his sensibility, and you either see that and identify with it or you don't. The reviewers who complain that this is not an objective, by-the-book documentary are missing the point entirely. As Davies explains in one of the interviews, this is a personal work that developed in its own time and fashion. It does not rely on chronology or any standard organizing principle. For that reason Davies and the rest of the filmmaking team refer to the film as more of a poem, and so it is.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This movie goes beyond nostalgia, right to weltschmerz (world-sorrow) May 2 2013
By N. NATALE - Published on
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To say that we liked or enjoyed watching this movie is a little too strong. We were enthralled by it but found it depressingly true. Watching gives you a sense of what has happened in civilizations as time passes. People, buildings and cultures are formed and then disappear - sometimes making improvements and sometimes just causing loss of unique identify.

This movie depicts the city of Liverpool and its residents but represents all cities and cultures that have disappeared as times change. The permanent "play streets" that once existed in Liverpool are now given over to traffic. The forboding row houses are now giant apartment buildings. For better or worse? There is a profound sense of world-sorrow in the poetic narration and the old black and white pictures that is beyond nostalgia. It's educational but sorrowful.