"Loveably dotty, while still smartly caustic... the Ealing ethos at its very best" **** Empire
Ealing Studios' output from the 1940s and 1950s helped define what was arguably the golden age for British cinema. Written by Ealing regular T.E.B. Clarke, Passport to Pimlico was nominated
by BAFTA in the Best British Film category and stars Stanley Holloway, Hermione Baddeley, Margaret Rutherford and Paul Dupuis.
When an unexploded WWII bomb is unexpectedly detonated in Pimlico, it reveals a buried cellar full of treasures, including an ancient document proving that the area is in fact part of Burgundy, France and thus foreign territory. In an attempt to regain control, the British Government set up borders and cut off all services to the area, but the ‘Burgundians' are determined to fight back!
• Interview with BFI Curator Mark Duguid
• Locations Featurette with Film Historian Richard Dacre
• Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery • Restoration Comparison
• Restored Trailer
This film is all about an area of London that through an UXB accident becomes a country on it's own. The comedy is set around Whitehalls need to negotiate terms with the "Bergundians" of Pimlico. It's classic 50's comedy, slightly dated, but highly charming.
Stanley Holloway plays the Prime Minister of Bergundia. And plays a great comic lead.
Put the kettle on, make a cuppa. Then put your feet up & pop on this video. You'll switch off from all the troubles of the 21st Century, & be transported back to a gentler age of comedy.
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