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London: A Modern Babylon
a film by Julien Temple
London:The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's epic time-travelling voyage to the heart of his hometown.
From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and above all ordinary people, this is the story of London's immigrants and bohemians and how together they changed the city forever. Reaching back to London at the start of the 20th century, the story unfolds through film archive and the voices of Londoners past and present, powered by the popular music from across the century. It ends in 2012, as London prepares to welcome the world as it hosts the Olympics
'Its collage technique, humanism and sympathy for ordinary people has much in common with the vision of Britain created by Danny Boyle's team for the opening of the Olympics...A movie to Cherish' Philip French, The Observer
UK | 2012 | black & white, and colour | English with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 128 minutes | DVD9 | PAL | Original aspect ratio 1.78:1 | Dolby Digital 5.1 surround (320kbps) | Region 2 DVD
Too frenetic, I want explanations of the fascinating footage not a pop video.Published 7 months ago by nickandsusie
Captivating from start to finish.
Made in the same style as Temple's other films eg Glastonbury, the film is a romping collage of images ranging from black & white... Read more
Brought as a gift, although it was on their wish not sure what they thought of itPublished 7 months ago by Sammy
This is great! I love London and found the DVD very informative and absorbing.Published 8 months ago by Cheryl Levett
Interested in London and it's history - then watch this filmPublished 13 months ago by christine siddall
The content covers a long period from the early days of filming Londoners.
2 hours seems a long time but it does work in my opinion.