New Town Utopia2018
New Town Utopia (2018)
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Critic Reviews for New Town Utopia
As with Kate McCullough's exemplary gliding camerawork for The Quiet Architect, [director Christopher Ian] Smith uses graceful Steadicam and elegant composition to find beauty in brutalist forms.
This thoughtful documentary examines the dreams of British post-war town planners through the story of Basildon in Essex, a town so perfectly designed that they did not bother with a train station.
Unlikely though that sounds, it leaves a rich impression: New Town Utopia is an intelligent, poignant and delicately ambiguous portrait of a place routinely dismissed as a provincial backwater.
Consistently fascinating, timely and only slightly repetitive, this comprehensive documentary about postwar town planning unfolds like a warning from history.
A lovely, melancholy documentary about the planned community of Basildon in England... but really about squandering of postwar optimism with the rise of neoliberalism.
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