Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Morning in the Streets (1959) – A BBC Film for Anyone Who Has Fond Memories of a '50s Childhood

This is an edited version of Morning in the Streets, a BBC television documentary made in 1959. The documentary was described simply as "an impression of life and opinion in the back streets of a northern city in the morning".



It is an impressionistic slice-of-life documentary, featuring footage of working-class people and street scenes, accompanied by a montage soundtrack of voices conveying opinions and philosophies on life. The film was researched by a well-known writer on Liverpool life and dialect Frank Shaw. It is one of the few televisual documents to reflect the post-war austerity felt by areas such as Liverpool in the 1950s, puncturing the myth of post-war cross-class affluence.


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