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Wonderful London (DVD)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ZQ88LA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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WONDERFUL LONDON

The BFI presents a unique collection of beautifully restored archival films which offer a fascinating glimpse of life in London during the 1920s. Over two series of short films, Wonderful London captured some of the most evocative images of the capital during the silent era.

These simple travelogues contrast different aspects of city life East End and West End, poor and rich, natives and immigrants often looking beyond the stereotypes to show surprising views of the city. Rapidly produced, but told with wit and flair, the films offer a tourist's guide to both the familiar sites such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Tower of London and the unknown nooks and crannies of the London of 1924.

This unique collection includes 12 films from the collection, six of which have been painstakingly restored by the BFI National Archive to reinstate their original tinting and toning

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Product Description

The BFI presents a unique collection of beautifully restored archival films which offer a fascinating glimpse of life in London during the 1920s. Over two series of short films, Wonderful London captured some of the most evocative images of the capital during the silent era. These simple travelogues contrast different aspects of city life East End and West End, poor and rich, natives and immigrants often looking beyond the stereotypes to show surprising views of the city. Rapidly produced, but told with wit and flair, the films offer a tourist's guide to both the familiar sites such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Tower of London and the unknown nooks and crannies of the London of 1924. This unique collection includes 12 films from the collection, six of which have been painstakingly restored by the BFI National Archive to reinstate their original tinting and toning.


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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting silent collection 8 Sep 2012
By Alan James "Maebuschfan" TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Produced by Graham Wilcox Films, and directed by Harry B Parkinson & Frank Miller, this is a fascinating collection of silent vignettes produced in the 1920's, an interesting historical & informative account of life in London at the time. This collection covers a varied cross-section of London's inhabitants of the era, including the rich & poor as well as the immigrant population. The films also offer a glimpse at the social attitudes of the time, as well as providing a fascinating guided tour around the capital. Over 20 films were produced, and this release features 12 titles (when including the special features) which gives an overall running time approaching two hours.

Here is a list of the titles with brief details....

*BARGING THROUGH LONDON (11 mins)....A journey through the capital via the Regent's Canal. From the docks in Limehouse before finishing in Paddington Basin.

*COSMOPOLITAN LONDON (10 mins)....A look at the various cosmopolitan inhabitants of London.

*LONDON'S SUNDAY (8 mins)....While paying a visit to the Gaiety Theatre & Petticoat Lane's Sunday market, we also see the well-to-do riding in Hyde Park.

*FLOWERS OF LONDON (10 mins)....A look around domestic gardens & florist shops.

*LONDON'S FREE SHOWS (8 mins)....Various free entertainment provided by the likes of pavement artists and Punch & Judy, as well as a fire brigade demonstration.

*LONDON OFF THE TRACK (10 mins)....A look at various views lying behind the more familiar facades of London's streets.

***SPECIAL FEATURES***

*DICKEN'S LONDON (12 mins)....A look at the London locations which provided the setting for a number of the author's works.

*LONDON'S OUTER RING (12 mins)....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Capital 14 Jan 2013
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The silent era was well before my time but I can imagine my grandparents watching these films with the piano playing to enhance the story in film. I can see myself getting more of these "British Film Institute" films if they are all like this.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful London 24 Aug 2012
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Wonderful London (DVD)
I recently got this DVD and pleased that I did. Whilst it is far from long enough and should have been a Blu Ray or a Dual format release, it is historically important to any one who loves London and wants to see some of its wonderful past. I saw some great footage of the former London canals and remember seeing an existing canal in the Kentish Town area in the 1970s that had not been covered in.

There is footage of Dicken's London that I had read about and I once worked, briefly, near the Borough where Dickens is said to have written sme of his material in a room or at a table in a local pub. I do recall hearing, many years ago, of a vault in that area being discovered and opened and film was found inside.

More than worth a look and something I will screen often.

Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars history 30 April 2013
By terry s
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I very much like these BFI films they are a wonderful set of informative films.
WONDERFUL LONDON is no exception anyone studying social history should see these films
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief glimpse of SHEPPERTON 10 Feb 2013
I bought this DVD because it contains some views of Shepperton in the 1920's which is rare enough as I live there.

The rest of the DVD is very interesting if you like to look a London in the 1920's. It is great how these little film gems have survived.
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