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The Fifteen Streets

The Fifteen Streets

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The Fifteen Streets – In northern England around 1900, the worker John O’Brien lives near poverty in a small house in the worker’s district. He falls in love with Mary, the teacher of his highly intelligent younger sister Kathy and daughter of a rich family. Their love is doomed by the social difference, but the vigorous Mary refuses to allow outer circumstances destroying their love.

Gritty and gripping

The Fifteen Streets – This is a magnificent piece of work. It’s human. It’s happy. It’s sad. It’s tragic. It’s an improbable love story set in the grim world of the Newcastle England docks around the turn of the twentieth century. I’m not familiar with the author of the book. But I recognize dedicated, creative film work. We have plenty of that here! This is a film made by people who love making movies. It shows in every frame. The characters are strong and they’re real. The grim atmosphere of the brick and concrete tenement district has been caught accurately, both its human and inhuman dimensions. Yet there are many warm and charming scenes among those that are bleak or tragic. The subdued colour, the rain and the snow at times, probably are more effective than black and white would have been. I would have given it a 10 save for two things. The ending is a little silly. And, surprising in a film which is is so historically accurate, one of the shots at the dock shows a modern overhead crane. But it’s a keeper and one of those stimulating films that trigger interesting discussions and arguments.

Haunting beautiful story

Such a WONDERFUL production. Very moving and atmospheric, authentic. When the haunting music came on at the end i remembered the stories and characters that we’d seen in the show. It reminded me that there were people who were like the o Brians in real life northern England and,like the people in real life, the characters have all been and gone too. The acting was great, even the smaller roles were great. This was made in 1989 and it was well made. I don’t think they’d make such a brilliant job nowadays. It would be less tastefully made and more politically correct. Oh and the wonderful Claire Holman was amazing in every way

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