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Distant Voices, Still Lives


Presented by Harvard Film Archive

Location: Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge
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Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives unfolds as a series of tableaux based on moments from Davies’ family life growing up, creating a searingly intimate portrait of working-class Liverpool in the late 1940s and 1950s. Focusing on the real-life experiences of his mother, sisters and brother, Davies presents a household torn apart by a violent father and reunited in their fear and hatred of him. It was this film that announced the importance of music in Davies’ work – whether encountered over the radio, in pub sing-alongs or blasting directly from the film’s soundtrack – and above all confirmed his ability to tell stories visually.
Directed by Terence Davies. With Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Wash, Freda Dowie
UK 1988, 35mm, color, 85 min


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