London: The Modern Babylon (2013)



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LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON is legendary filmmaker and music-video director Julien Temple's (Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten) epic time-traveling voyage to the heart of his hometown. From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and, above all, ordinary people, is the story of London's immigrants, its bohemians and how together they changed the city forever. Reaching back to the dawn of film in London at the start of the 20th century, the story unfolds through film archives and voices of Londoners past and present, powered by the flow of popular music across the century-a stream of urban consciousness, like the river which flows through its heart. It ends in present day, as London prepares to welcome the world to the 2012 Olympics. (c) Cinedigm

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Critic Reviews for London: The Modern Babylon

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

T.S. Eliot and William Blake have their say, and a pigeon-capturing lady on the streets gets more screen time than Lady Diana. But this is no crazy quilt.

May 28, 2013 | Full Review…

A very heady experience.

Aug 2, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

London: The Modern Babylon is, as a whole, a highly educational and extremely entertaining overview of 'The Smoke'.

Jun 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Temple's fragmented approach bespeaks the very nature of the place he's celebrating. For it seems that only through these wide variety of elements, these individual building blocks making a whole, that we can really get a sense of this remarkable city.

Dec 28, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A distinct sort of time travelogue of the city's rougher patches ... the kind of doc that scores the suffragette movement to "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" by X-Ray Spex.

Sep 20, 2012 | Full Review…

A movie to cherish.

Aug 5, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for London: The Modern Babylon


A comprehensive and energised history of London from every angle. Essential viewing.

Marcus Woolcott
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