Direction: Margaret Tait
Production: Ancona Films
The first jump in Margaret Tait’s geography. In this film, the filmmaker had already abandoned her native island and was shooting the films she made and dedicated to her second landscape: Edinburgh, more urban film, closer to the ground, showing fewer skies but without failing to incorporate elements of nature found in the heart of the city, such as flowers and gestures of the city people. Nostalgia is green and Tait’s street films are filled with window dressing, praise from the passers-by and looks to the street from the window. On the Mountain has the surprise and skill of presenting itself like those fish that are opened up to find a smaller fish hidden inside. Therefore, the film swallows an earlier film called Rose Street (1956) and protects and accompanies it with another corporeality and skeleton in colour 18 years later. The street where Margaret Tait set up the offices of her production company, Ancona, has a double visit in time. The same scenes are repeated but what changes are the shops and stores. The look is the same. Like always in these time films, a sad contrast: the sentry of time, that cat waiting on the steps alongside the milk bottles is no longer there.