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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting silent collection, 8 Sep 2012
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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)....A look at various sites & buildings around the outskirts of London.

*LONDON OLD AND NEW (8 mins)....A horse-drawn bus tour, taking in buildings old and new.

*LONDON'S CONTRASTS (12 mins)....The man with the horse-drawn bus turns up again, in a film which compares the West & East End old and new.

*KNOWN LONDON (11 mins)....A tour of London's most popular visitor attractions.

*ALONG FATHER THAMES TO SHEPPERTON (11 mins)....This pleasure boat trip takes us from Canbury Gardens to Shepperton, taking in the houseboats of the wealthy along with some familiar beauty spots.

The included 24-page booklet is an informative guide to the production & background of the titles. This restored collection includes a number of tinted prints which required extensive & time-consuming restoration work due to the fragile condition of the source material, which was occasionally damaged and required delicate handling. The end results see some damage remaining, with some marks etc, along with some missing frames (some films feature shots taken from other titles, which is due to the original editing). But when taking into consideration the age & quality of the original prints, I reckon the picture quality is mostly impressive. Along with familiar silent movie intertitle narratives, these films also include newly recorded piano accompaniments provided by John Sweeney.
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