There aren’t too many opportunities to see Terence Davies’ incredible portrait of Liverpool on the big screen, but this weekend you can catch Of Time And The City at Picturehouse cinema (the one in FACT).
If you’ve not seen it before you’re in for a treat – and if you have seen it before, well, you’re in for a treat. This affecting, personal work is somewhere between documentary, collage, poem and love letter to the city; using old documentary and newsreel footage of Liverpool to paint a portrait of streets, buildings and people you might recall with fondness, or one you may scarcely recognise.
Davies uses overlays a mixture of classical and contemporary music and his own narration over the grainy footage to compose a paean to Liverpool. But it’s not just about Davies’ birthplace, Of Time And The City is a period piece too and social commentary – the film is probably what you’d get if Adam Curtis had made the BBC’s excellent Rock’N’Roll Years documentary, music counterpointing the images we see and Davies’ voice to increase their power further.
You don’t have to be from Liverpool to enjoy it, but there’s an added resonance if you know the city. Anyone who remembers post-war Liverpool is particularly like to find this auterish piece of film-making particularly moving. We recommend it wholeheartedly.
Of Time And The City
Picturehouse at FACT
6pm, Sunday 3 February