Documentary Movie Review: Of Time and the City (2008) #atozchallenge

This is my entry for “O” in the Blogging A to Z Challenge. Throughout April I will be watching and reviewing a documentary movie from A to Z. Some other “O” documentaries I’ve reviewed are Obit., Oklahoma City, Once in a Lifetime,  and The Opposition.

Title: Of Time and the City
Release Date: October 31, 2008
Director: Terence Davies
Production Company: British Film Institute

This movie is a collage of Liverpool from the 1940s to the 1970s using newsreel, documentary, and home movie footage of the city.  Director and writer Terence Davies narrates the film with passages of poetry and prose as well as his own memories of growing up in Liverpool in a large, working class, Catholic family.  The footage particularly focuses on the architecture of Liverpool’s landmarks and the everyday activities of children, particularly the poorest children in the city’s most destitute neighborhoods.  Liverpool’s most famous things, football teams and the Beatles, are not of interest to Davies, so they get passing mention.  Instead of rock & roll, the movie is scored with passages of classic musical.  Of Time and the City is a sometimes touching, sometimes depressing portrait of Liverpool.

Rating: ***

3 thoughts on “Documentary Movie Review: Of Time and the City (2008) #atozchallenge

  1. This looks like my kind of movie; except that I might prefer a livelier soundtrack. Where can one find it to watch? I expect you’ve seen the 7-Up series/ And have you seen another working-class documentary from up north in England with Pete Postlethwaite and the song, “Taking a Chance on Love”? I’ll try to find the name. . .

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    1. I watched this on Kanopy, which is a movie service available through my public library. I looks like it’s also on the Criterion Channel and available to rent from Amazon.

      I have watched all of the Up movies and they are among my favorite things ever!

      I did a little search and I think the movie you’re thinking of may be “Distant Voices, Still Lives” which is also written and directed by Terrence Davies.

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      1. That’s it, Liam! It’s worth seeing, if you haven’t seen it. Except–heads-up–a scene of domestic violence that’s pretty disturbing.
        We can watch films on Kanopy through our library too–thanks!
        I still haven’t seen 63-Up–looking forward to it.

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