NEW YORK, NY.-
Terence Davies: From the Collection presents two features and a trilogy of short films by director Terence Davies. The Terence Davies Trilogy (1984), The Long Day Closes (1993), and The House of Mirth (2000), all of which are from MoMA
's collection, will be screened January 15 through 17, 2009. In conjunction with the exhibition, MoMA hosts a special screening of Daviess most recent film, Of Time and the City (2008), on January 15. Fashioned from footage of Liverpool Davies found in various archives, this nonfiction exploration of his relationship with his hometown of Liverpool, England, had its premiere at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Terence Davies: From the Collection is organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.
Despite having completed only five features and a trilogy of short films, Davies has established an international reputation as a leading film artist. He has pioneered a cinema of reminiscence, distinguished by exquisite craftsmanship, astringent recall, and genuine depth of feeling. Born in 1945 into a large, working-class Liverpudlian family, Davies frequently weaves autobiographical strains into his filmseven in his adaptations of others novelsexpanding and enriching the personal until it becomes universally relevant to human experience. Family, music, gender, and sexuality are important themes in Daviess films, and all are inflected with measures of guilt, comfort, and, beauty.