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Babylon (2019)



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Franco Rosso's incendiary Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the U.S. for "being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension" (Vivien Goldman, Time Out). Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British reggae group Aswad) in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front.

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

It's a really vivid life at a certain part of life.

September 23, 2019 | Full Review…

A new restoration of this 1980 British cult classic makes plain that its themes of disaffection and racial discord in south London are still relevant nearly four decades later.

April 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Babylon's cultural specificity is what gives it power, putting it as much in a tradition of British alienated youth movies.

April 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Assertive and ebullient, "Babylon" is as alive as a movie can be to the everyday mesh of liberating art, humorous camaraderie and hazardous political reality.

March 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The movie is more interested in what feels real than what seems right.

March 7, 2019 | Full Review…

A film which treasures authenticity in its search for emotional body blows.

March 7, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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If The Harder They Come was made in Brixton in Thatcher's early years (1980) with Brinsley Forde from Aswad & Double Deckers, then it might look something like this. Excellent film.

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