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A Quiet Passion

  • Directed by Terence Davies
  • United Kingdom/Belgium, 2016, 125 mins., English

A Quiet Passion is the life story of the celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon), from her youth as a headstrong schoolgirl through to her reclusive adulthood, where poetry was solace. “You will see no more beautiful a film this year—beautiful in its sumptuous photography, but also in the respect and love that it brings to its subject. The internal lives of poets are hard to visualize, yet Davies, a magician when it comes to understanding the most sensitive of minds, has created an extraordinarily moving account of Emily Dickinson’s particular genius.”—Toronto International Film Festival.

Sponsored by Steven Smith Teamaker

Reviews: David Bordwell, Reverse Shot, MUBI Notebook, Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope

Interviews: Interview with Terence Davies at the Metrograph Edition

Filmography: Sunset Song (2015), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Of Time and the City (2008), The House of Mirth (2000), The Neon Bible (1995), The Long Day Closes (1992), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

Other Films by Terence Davies

The Long Day Closes

Liverpool, 1950s. A drab and dreary existence hangs over the town. 11-year-old Bud (Leigh McCormack) lives a comfortable life, surrounded by loved ones, with few worries other than school and chores. But in the midst of his closed existence, magic happens nightly at the local cinema, greatly expanding his world. Tenderly empathetic and drenched in

Sunset Song

“Davies exquisite treatment of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel gives him a broad canvas of rain-lashed farmland on which to apply his knack for literary adaptation. It’s the early 20th-century in rural Scotland and Chris Guthrie is a young woman with plans. Excelling at her schooling and in possession of a burgeoning independent streak, she