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Ian Hendry, June Ritchie, John Hurt and future Randall and Hopkirk stars Annette André and Mike Pratt feature among an outstanding cast in this mid-sixties realist drama from noted director Sidney Hayers. This Is My Street is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
Jubilee Close, a drab street of decaying houses in London's Battersea, is home to a cross-section of working-class families. Yearning to escape from this depressing environment is the pretty, ambitious Margery Graham; the victim of an enforced marriage, she is tied to a lazy, boorish husband and young daughter. Margery lives next door to her widowed mother who, in order to make ends meet, has taken in a lodger, Harry a slick, unscrupulous salesman with a roving eye and a more-than-neighbourly interest in Margery...
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It used to be grim up north. Here it is grim south of the river in Micham . I’m not suprised the genre quickly died out, after the initial novelty wore off, as it is so depressing and I wonder if it was ever genuinly popular, other than with critics and the Guardian set.
June Richie, Anette Andre and Francesca Annis are all good, but the latter, as the bad girl, overacts a bit before she is taught a harsh, moralistic lesson of know your place.
Ian Hendry, who lost out in the fame stakes to Michael Caine’s icy professionalism and an over fondness for the booze, is always watchable. See their grudge match in ‘Get Carter’ where the personal bleeds into the fictional and vice versa.
Mike Pratt as Richie’s despised, oafish husband and a very young John Hurt as a shy coffee bar worker.
Sidney Hayers went on to The Avengers, his true magnum opus for which he will always be remembered.
Rather sparse and not even very interesting exterior locations (one of the pleasures of these old films) around Battersea, I think, and a very brief excusion to the coast, Southend, I’m guessing.
The riverside setting for the illicit dates between Hendry and Richie reminded me very much of the meeting between Vivian Merchant’s, Lily, and Michael Caine in ‘Alfie’ and it’s interesting to compare the two films. Obviously ‘Alfie’ is far more assured and completely raises the game to a new level with Caine’s asides to camera. It isn’t that he was the first to do it, he undoubtedly wasn’t, but that it works so well and doesn’t break the spell . You have to have a tremendous amount of charm to pull off such unpleasant characters and keep the audience onside. Caine succeeds with a vunerability and self-delusion that the more two-dimensional Hendry character is incapable of displaying. The writing, direction and acting in ‘Alfie’ is stronger and inspired, whereas ‘My Street’ is far more prosaic. It’s also interesting to compare it with the later Nell Dunn ‘Up the Junction’, which builds successfully on the original template, using a new, younger generation of talent (Waterman, Kendall, Posta, Lipman) and emphasising the ‘walk on the wild side’ class divide theme.
An interesting watch for students and fans of the period but no great shakes.
It's an excellent film. with a good story that's well acted by a great cast. It holds your interest from start to finish and contains great location shots that remind you of the famous retail chains that have vanished from our high streets long ago.
High quality reproduction throughout ,which can be enhanced even further when played on a Blu ray that upgrades DVD reproduction by adding greater depth and detail.
A great buy.
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