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We Are the Lambeth Boys (1959) - extract





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Uploaded on Feb 7, 2008

The complete film of 'We Are the Lambeth Boys' is available to buy on the BFI DVD 'Free Cinema' -

"A good evening for young people is much the same as it has always been", the voiceover informs us, attempting to get audiences to think back to their own youth before judging the teenager of the day. Karel Reisz's fantastic film was shot over six months at a "not typical" youth club (i.e. actually very good) in Lambeth.

The biggest change from today would almost certainly be that nearly all of these teens work for a living, making evenings with friends the only time in which they can express themselves. Dressed in suits and ties, or best dresses, they seem somehow to be simultaneously older and younger than their years. Watch as the camera fixes on faces as they observe each other, ultimately making the voiceover unnecessary. (Jez Stewart)

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