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"We're English, that's why we'll fight to be Burgundian !",
This review is from: Passport To Pimlico [DVD] (DVD)
"Passport to Pimlico" is a quaint, almost absurd , Ealing comedy set in post-WW2 London, still enduring rationing and still living amidst the ruined homes and factories of the Blitz. Against a background of a heatwave and UXB's , a treasure trove is uncovered in a cellar in Pimlico alongside a document which is a 15th Century Royal Charter proclaiming that the area in which the treasure was found is actually the property of the erstwhile Duke of Burgundy from France. This technicality leads to a farcical series of events as Pimlico declares itself independent after the British Crown claims their treasure trove. This is a likeable film, original,witty and quintessentially British and it provides an interesting social and cultural snapshot of post-War Britain. It is equally fascinating that 55 years after it was released ,the London (and Britain) of "Passport to Pimlico" is utterly unrecognisable and alien, which is a measure of the rapidity and intensity of social,economic and cultural change that has taken place since then.