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½ December 11, 2013
James Mason wanders round in a flat cap with an umbrella pointing at things. Interesting.
½ November 21, 2011
James Mason walks around some of the seedier, less frequented parts of 1960s London - a dilapidated music hall, a Victorian public convenience complete with ornamental fish tank and a Salvation Army dosshouse. This being 1967, it's not a straight-up documentary and there is a rather surreal interlude in an egg breaking factory (!?), but it doesn't spoil things too much. I could listen to James Mason's rich, fruity tones all day - if anybody could make The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (or insert your own choice of incredibly dull topic here) come alive, he could. Thankfully, he's got some great material to work with, filled with human interest. He's a brilliant guide, making warm, witty and at times trenchant observations, whilst picking his way through the neglected backwaters of London, before the wrecking crews move in and such places are lost forever. Snappy editing and crisp colours give the film some striking visual poetry, and the soundtrack is great too. Half a mark deducted for the shots of squirming eels, intercut with shots of their dead cousins being served up to hungry Cockneys. Yeuch.
March 6, 2009
James Mason should have travelled the world making documentaries like this one, they would have been classics! I really enjoyed this, how about a sequel for posterity? Who would be the new Mason though? hmmmm
July 3, 2008
WILD! A brilliant, WEIRD documentary about Victorian London, made in the swinging 60s, showing the history/forgotten places as James Mason wanders round in a flat cap with an umbrella pointing at things. Utterly GLORIOUS.
April 24, 2008
A very British film experience, complete with James mason wxing lyrical about the victorian era, whilst stood in a London torn apart from war bombs. grand.
April 14, 2008
In which James Mason curls his lips disdainfully at carefully chosen sections of fading London. I liked the men's urinals in which the tank was made of glass with fishies in it, who had to swim up and down as the tank filled and emptied along with the mens' weeing. It's not really the London nobody knows though - Edgware marke t isn't that much of a secret. But an honourable mention to Manzes pie-emporium. Looked like the Walthamstow one - hope it ws. I been there and even tried the liquor.
March 19, 2008
Fabulous piece of documentary history. James Mason is possibly the worst presenter of a documentary ever and yet this film is compulsive viewing. Some very bizarre subject matter with great clips of London as it was in the late sixties. Comes on a dvd with another piece of movie history that bears revival - Les Bicyclettes de Belsize which is a pop rock musical which has to be seen to be believed. Watch them both you won't regret it.
September 5, 2007
A bizarre film made at the end of the 1960s that captures something of what was already a mostly dissappeared Victorian London. Mason is endearing, and the shots of London captivating. Compare the shots of the south bank around Bankside to nowadays... A major influence on Finisterre, this movie makes me both wish for a time machine and to move to London.
August 27, 2007
Beautiful. Everyone should see this film.
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