The " Kitchen Sink " Melodramas?? LOOK BACK IN ANGER ROOM AT THE TOP SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING THE ENTERTAINER A TASTE OF HONEY THE LONLINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER A KIND OF LOVING BILLY LIAR THIS SPORTING LIFE A PLACE TO GO Characterized by a social-realist, slice-of-life approach to characters who are usually trapped on the lower rungs of the economic ladder in post-war, pre-swinging London, the Kitchen Sink films are stark, unsparing and brutally immediate. At first pass, they might seem a bit depressing, but they really are not, despite the characters' rough circumstances and preponderance of personal flaws, they can't help but remind you of Churchill's ideal; no matter how bad things get, one should never waver or give up. Such great performers such as Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Richard Burton, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Albert Finney, Lawrence Harvey, Charlotte Rampling, Lynn Redgrave and Rita Tushingham, all made their names in Kitchen Sink films. They also made a cinematic mark that has endured. The fortitude that shines through their performances - even if the characters' determination is misguided or misapplied - is something to appreciate, especially in contrast to the shallowness of our own contemporary culture. Though the lives of the characters may be small, these are not small people. There are only about a dozen or so films that really can be labelled " Kitchen Sink "..black and white productions done between 1958 and '63.. on miniscule budgets [ even for the day ].directed by people like Tony Richardson, John Schlesinger..perpetually overcast, northern industrial towns, sooty brick rowhouses and their cramped interiors; muddy football patches, dark crowded pubs..a palpable awareness of a particular time and place.. you could almost smell the damp and mildew wafting up from the cobblestones and the halls... So, if you're inclined.. go out in the freezing rain , pick up some beer, or pour yourself a tall brandy and hunker down to be depressed, impressed and somwhow liberated with the knowledge, that your life doesn't quite stink after all..