Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Rare Color Footage of Everyday Scenes from London in 1926

From the British Film Institute's archive, footage of everyday scenes from London in 1926, shot in color by cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene.

While Gatsby fever grips the film world in anticipation of the release of Baz Luhrmann’s new F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation, the internet has been abuzz with an authentic vision of life in the 1920s. Colour footage of London in 1926, filmed by pioneer filmmaker Claude Friese-Greene for his cross-country travelogue The Open Road, has captured the imagination of online viewers, with an extract from the BFI’s restoration going viral following a tweet from actor Kevin Spacey.

The YouTube uploader says it so eloquently: "It's like a beautifully dusty old postcard you'd find in a junk store, but moving."

In an ambitious project, Simon Smith re-created Claude Friese-Greene's shots, enabling for an interesting comparison that shows how little the architecture of London has changed over the years.

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