Posted by: greercn | June 18, 2012

London (1994)

Paul Scofield narrates Patrick Keiller’s film as we take a leisurely meander through the city, at various times in 1992. Visually, it’s stunning.

Keiller was an architect before he decided to make movies and that sense of grand design, along with a rather loving and original point of view, make this a challenging and compelling film to see now.

There are lots of intelligent references and quotes, as interpreted by the unseen hero, Robinson. Keiller made two sequels, neither of which I have seen, and he currently has an exhibition at Tate Britain titled “The Robinson Institute” (until October 14th).

It seems to be from a much more innocent age, yet the wealth of cultural references and interesting camera angles make it a must see for anyone who is passionate about visual art.

Somebody said that one would have to see it again and again, to get a true sense of how much is packed into the 84 minutes.

“London” is being shown again on Wednesday, June 20th at 4pm as part of a series of films sponsored by the London Screen Study Collection.

If you can get to see this, or any of the films being shown in this series, please do. All these movies are worth seeing as they are key to London’s history, on screen. You can get details on the Stratford Picturehouse website.

Ian Christie and the Birkbeck team are doing terrific work, along with Film London and seeing this movie reminded me of quite how much innovativeĀ film is still being brought to us by the British Film Institute.

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  1. Why is it called London 1994 when he meandered though London in 1992? P

    • It’s called London, but it was released in 1994. I gave the date in order to distinguish it from other films named London.


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