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Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)

Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)


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Filename: bfi-00n-irz.jpg

Size: 3600 x 2735 (3.5MB)

Date: 17th May 2009

Source: British Film Institute

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Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)

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Media ID 1533515

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Kennington Lambeth South London


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print showcases a pivotal moment in British cinema history - Karel Reiszs' iconic documentary "We Are The Lambeth Boys" from 1959. Set against the backdrop of Oval, Lambeth in South London, this snapshot captures a group of spirited young boys engaged in animated conversation. Their lively expressions and animated gestures reveal their enthusiasm for life and their vibrant community. While the title suggests an exclusive focus on boys, what truly makes this image remarkable is the inclusion of girls amidst the group. Breaking traditional gender norms, these confident young women challenge societal expectations by actively participating in discussions alongside their male counterparts. This subtle yet powerful statement speaks volumes about equality and empowerment during a time when such notions were still evolving. Reisz's documentary aimed to shed light on the lives of working-class youth living in post-war Britain. By capturing candid moments like this one, he offered an authentic glimpse into their daily struggles and triumphs within Lambeth's close-knit community. As we gaze upon this oval-shaped photograph, we are transported back to a different era - one filled with hope, resilience, and youthful energy. It serves as a reminder that even amidst challenging circumstances, unity can be found through shared experiences and open dialogue. The British Film Institute proudly presents this extraordinary print as part of its collection; it stands as both a testament to Reisz's groundbreaking work and an enduring symbol of social change within South London's Lambeth district.

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