Every Day Except Christmas (1957)

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Created as part of a British TV program, Every Day Except Christmas is a study of a day in the life of the market at Covent Garden. Narrated by Alun Owen, Lindsay Anderson's documentary opens just before midnight on a farm in Sussex. To the strains of the BBC signing off with "God Save the Queen," a truck drives from the farm to the market, passing homes and shops in which few people are stirring. The film ends several hours later, as the porters who work at the Garden begin their treks home and the rest of the city awakens and shows signs of life. In between, the viewer is introduced to a number of the workers who toil at the Garden, as well as a variety of customers. The camera focuses on the little details -- the proper way to lift a sack filled with potatoes up onto one's shoulders, the manner is which a flower seller decides which posies to buy and how much effort will go into selling them, the repetition that goes with moving boxes back and forth and back and forth, the attitude of those that come to buy. Every Day was produced by Karel Reisz, who would go on to direct Morgan! and The French Lieutenant's Woman.