BAMcinématek presents Terence Davies, 3/15-27

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From Thursday, March 15 to Tuesday, March 27, BAMcinématek presents Terence Davies, a retrospective of the British auteur, from his three black-and-white shorts released as The Terence Davies Trilogy (1983), to a sneak preview of his newest film, The Deep Blue Sea (2011) starring Rachel Weisz.

Davies’ distinctive, noncommercial style has restricted his funding and kept him from prolificacy, with only six features in more than 20 years. Often shunning conventional plot structures in favor of delicately constructed, wittily composed collages of images and music that cut right to the heart of his story’s emotional core, Davies’ work is a personal exploration of memory, time, internal and external repression, childhood, religion, and alienation. 

The series, with films projected in 35mm (and one in 16mm), opens on Thursday, March 15 with a sneak preview of Davies’ adaption of Terence Rattigan’s play The Deep Blue Sea, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and closed the BFI London Film Festival in celebration of Rattigan’s centenary last year. Rachel Weisz plays a woman who leaves her husband (Simon Russell Beale) and their haut bourgeois life for a passionate, tragic relationship with a former RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston). Davies adapts the playwright’s masterpiece—which takes place in an austere, bombed-out postwar London; it is shot by DP Florian Hoffmeister and set to a score by Samuel Barber.

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