London (1994)

 |  Documentary  |  3 June 1994 (UK)
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An inspiring tale through London by pictures narrated by Paul Scofield.



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An inspiring tale through London by pictures narrated by Paul Scofield.

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Shot over a period of 11 months in 1992. See more »


Narrator: London, he says, is a city under siege from a suburban government which uses homeless, pollution, crime, and the most expensive and run down public transport system of any city in Europe as weapons against Londoners' lingering desire for the freedoms of city life.
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Atmospheric, painful, and occasionally loathsome
29 January 2013 | by (LONDON) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry, I know I am in the minority, but I really didn't get this doc-montage-essay, for all its wit and cleverness, and lush photography, and even lusher soundtrack, I felt I was being soundly manipulated by the filmmaker into seeing London as a political and spiritual wasteland. Yes, this film is, I suppose, artistically good, I felt some of the narration was poignant, and resonant of an underlying angst that many people experience in London, which can be isolating. Still, the haughty, droning voice of the narrator, really put me off. The simplistic dichotomy of labour versus conservatives, one good, the other doom laden, an insult to my intelligence, and the lack of voice within the film, apart from the writer's insistent polemic, was by far the most meaningful element. The film approves itself, and obliterates all dissent.

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