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WIND OF CHANGE, THE 1961

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THE WIND OF CHANGE 1961
U.K. film. One of England's first films to address racism features teddy boys, beatniks and rock and roll! The film opens as two teenagers enter a basement club called "Teds Café" (Teds…get it?)

We see swing dancing in front of a beautiful 1959 Wurlitzer 2304 stereo jukebox, pompadour haircuts, bongos and bullet bras. At this point it doesn't matter what the film is about – I'm hooked! Next, Ginger (David Hemmings) shows up with a guitar under his arm—but he can't play it so his pal grabs it and rocks out on the tune, "What My Baby Wants Tonight."

The atmosphere resembles the basement club scenes in "Beat Girl." All the cats and kittens are having a ball (including cutie Angela Douglas) then a nice-looking black kid wanders into the place. When Frank (Johnny Briggs) sees him, he becomes enraged, jumps out of his seat and begins to threaten the kid calling him a black spade.

But Frank and his gang want more. The next night they wait in an alley looking to beat up any black person they can find. They see a black boy and white girl walking together and go on a berserk beating rampage! Using fists, knives and bicycle chains, they leave the black boy dead and the white girl's face bloodied and scarred. Frank soon discovers that the girl is his sister!

The Wind of Change is set around Portobello Market and the Notting Hill district of West London, scene of the notorious 1958 Notting Hill race riots. Look for David Hemmings and Angela Douglas both of whom appeared the following year in "Some People." Donald Pleasence, Johnny Briggs, David Hemmings, Angela Douglas, Ann Lynn, Hilda Fenemore, Glyn Houston, Norman Gunn, Bunny May. The Wind of Change!

Plus these bonus selections...

CHILDREN OF THE CITY 1944
U.K. short film. A look at juvenile delinquency in Scotland. Boys and girls under 17 commit one out of every ten crimes and the police in this film are out the stop them. Poverty and squalor are rampant—low-life parents and hard knock lives seem to be the primary cause of delinquency.

YOUTH CLUB 1954
U.K. short film. Amusement halls loaded with pinball machines and huge clouds of cigarette smoke do not provide a setting for the development of decent contributing members of society. Britain's youth clubs however, keep kids out of trouble and produce fine, upstanding young citizens.


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