The Seagull

October 4, 2018

Although Anton Chekhov’s plays were considered radically naturalistic when first performed, they feel like period pieces today. The saving grace is that the period to which they belong was one of the most fertile in world literature, with Chekhov’s brief span of 44 years intersecting with the lives of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Leskov and Bunin, … More

The Deep Blue Sea

April 12, 2012

It wouldn’t be a Terence Davies film without a singsong, or several singsongs. In Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), the bleak, powerful, autobiographical movie that brought the director to worldwide attention, the singing took on a ritualistic dimension. Every time the Liverpool locals sang, one felt a few more nails had been hammered into the … More