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Rose Street

Margaret Tait
1956
20min b/w 35mm

Rose Street

Tait's evocation of Edinburgh's Rose Street.

Rose Street (1956) is one of Tait's most famous films about place. The film is literally about Rose Street; a road which runs parallel to Edinburgh's main thoroughfare - Princes' Street - in the heart of the capital's New Town. As a location, it had a rather disreputable reputation in the 50's, but as Tait reveals in her later film, On the Mountain (1974), the area was soon to be gentrified and the many pubs it had to offer (famously the haunt of many of Scotland's greatest poets) are by the seventies interspersed with cafes and boutiques. Tait records the atmosphere and pace of the streets in shots of shops, pubs and children at play edited to a soundtrack which highlights her own very subjective take on her subject.Rose Street images courtesy of Scottish Screen Archive.

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