The Long Day Closes
(PG) 81min (BFI DVD retail)
Following on from the recent releases of The Terence Davies Trilogy and Distant Voices, Still Life comes the arrival on DVD of what Davies loosely described as the third and final part of an autobiographical series of films. Detailing the travails and traumas of Liverpool schoolboy Bud (Leigh McCormack) in the 1950s, The Long Day Closes is a slow-paced but rich and evocative portrait of a childhood and adolescence mired by the Catholic guilt and poverty. More so than any director before him, Davies successfully accesses the dream-like qualities of the films of Jeans Cocteau and Vigo to painfully extemporise on the creation of a self-loathing homosexual. Forget Four Weddings and a Funeral this heartbreaking film is one of the key British films of the 1990s.
Extras include commentaries from Davies and DoP Mick Coulter, an on-set interview with production designer Christopher Hobbs, behind the scenes footage and a fully illustrated booklet.