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London 1926 as you’ve (probably) never seen it before

So, in lieu of a ‘proper’ post this week – I mentioned why in my last post, but basically time is against me – I’ve decided to give a bit of spotlight over to this wonderful piece of film from almost a century ago. It’s a colour film of daily life in London, 1927, shot by filmmaking pioneer Claude Friese-Greene as part of his Open Road series, using a special camera that used a red and green filter (it also needs blue to be true full colour, though) which also managed to capture the natural, fluid movements of the subjects, as opposed to the odd fast forward effect most films from the time have. It’s a really special, vivid look into what seems like another world, where you were considered improperly dressed if you weren’t wearing either brown or grey and a hat. For best results, watch with some music from the time playing over it (the Bioshock: Infinite soundtrack is my personal choice), and enjoy this fantastic visual time capsule, beautifully restored and brought back to life by the BFI.


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