The Long Day Closes


Images courtesy of The Film Desk

The Long Day Closes

New 35mm Print
Terence Davies, 1992

Film History 101

As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Tue, May 22, 2012 7 PM

“Beautifully poetic, the film dazzles with its stylistic confidence, emotional honesty, terrific wit, and all-round audacity.”—Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

One of cinema’s most exquisite memory films, The Long Day Closes transports viewers to 1956 Liverpool through a fusion of magisterial camera movements, perfectly selected songs, and emotionally honest autobiographical details from director Terence Davies’s childhood. Capturing the interior life of an 11-year-old boy as he contends with family, church, school, and the movies, the film glides from one poignant vignette to another. In the two decades since The Long Day Closes, Davies has only been able to make four new feature films, including his latest, The Deep Blue Sea, which stars Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston and received a limited U.S. theatrical release this spring. (85 mins., 35mm)

Viewing Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

The Wex is closed Thu, Dec 25, and Thu, Jan 1, but our galleries will be open Fri, Dec 26, through Tue, Dec 30, 10 AM–8 PM. Learn more about our holiday hours here.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."