'The Big Smoke' explores the forgotten face of the capital with a tantalising tour through half a century of life in London.
A newly-commissioned score has been laid over silent films from the BFI National Archive, featuring a selection of films provided by London’s Screen Archives – the regional network supporting organisations in London that hold collections of moving image material.
Londoners of all ages would flock to see themselves immortalised in moving pictures and now a new generation has the chance to undertake this journey.
Highlights of the programme include:
• Blackfriars Bridge (1896), an extraordinary glimpse of Victorians travelling to work by horse-drawn tram and on foot at an enviably elegant pace
• Sci-fi short The Fugitive Futurist (1924) sees an oddball inventor startle Londoners with a glimpse of their great city’s future
• Scenes at Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park Corner Underground Stations (1931) offers an ethereal insight into the change and continuity of tube life
Sunday 12 July 2009
Classic film screening
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