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Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Patrick Hamilton's classic trilogy 20,000 Street Under the Sky is brought to life in this BBC TV adaptation.
A story of unrequited love set against the backdrop of the grimy streets and public houses of 1930s London, revolving around The Midnight Bell, a bar off the Euston Road; it follows the painful pursuit of love from three different perspectives: barman Bob, who yearns for penniless street-walker Jenny; his colleague Ella, torn between the attentions of an older, wealthier man and her secret desire for Bob; and Jenny, forced onto the streets through circumstances and now struggling to keep her head above water.
This beautifully-observed three-part series captures the milieu who stand at the side of the bar and pour out their passions: unrequited love, ambition and disappointment.
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These stories are set in a highly evocative context which conjures up the thirties beautifully, drab rooms, pubs and clothes capturing the daily grind of life for ordinary people just trying to get by. The only relief being the odd trip to the pictures or a Lyons tea room and the largely vain hope of something better.
This is a drama of outstanding quality. However, if you are a fan of happy ending, Downton Abbey type period dramas, this may not be for you. It is a real life, rather than, feel good drama.
The third part of the drama - Ella's story is by far the best. Beautifully acted, it was mesmerising, achingly beautiful and heartbreaking. The drama is worth buying for part 3 alone.
There is hardly a false note in the drama except perhaps the rapidity of Jenny's fall in the second section. Despite her experience of being debauched whilst drunk by a heartless socialite it wasn't clear why she could not have resumed the threads of her life, instead descending into alcoholism, prostitution and her cruel treatment of Bob. So this moment in an otherwise immaculately paced drama felt rushed. I think we needed to see the next few days of her life to understand her - but whether this is a fault of the adaptation or of the original books I don't know. Otherwise, flawless.
Unrequited love, hope and broken dreams all around for the three young characters in this wonderful film set in London between the two wars.
The waiter, the barmaid and the prostitute all tell their side of a very cleverly entwined story.
Sad and beautiful-heartbreaking and sweet, romantic yet so disturbing.
A film about life and how brittle circumstances can be as to wich direction a young life can take!
A must see-fantastic acting and the set is great too!
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