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Momma Don't Allow

DIR: Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson
1956 / United Kingdom / 22 min

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Shot over nine Saturdays, the film was made cheaply with a 16mm Bolex, and single-track sound transferred from tape recordings. By the time it was completed in November 1955, its title has been changed from 'Jazz' to Momma Don't Allow, after the traditional jazz piece played in the film by the Chris Barber band.

Momma Don't Allow was warmer and more sympathetic to its working-class subject than Lindsay Anderson's O Dreamland. The film captures the emerging 'youth culture' - a term unheard of before the 1950s - contrasting the relaxed, confident working-class 'teddy boys' and their girlfriends with the more awkward 'toffs', whose arrival threatens to change the mood of the evening.

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Director Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson
Screenplay Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson
Dir. of Photography Walter Lassally
Editing John Fletcher
Music Chris Barber Band
Sound John Fletcher
Duration 22 min
Year 1956
Country United Kingdom
Colour Black & White
Tags classics, music, poetic, social issues, youth
Production BFI
BFI
Country:  United Kingdom
Web:  www.bfi.org.uk/

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