London - The Modern Babylon  [2012]
London – The Modern Babylon, Babylon/don, This Is London
DirectorJulien Temple
CastTony Benn, David Bowie, Michael Caine, Barbara Cartland, Ray Davies, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Andy Serkis, Imelda Staunton, T.S.Eliot
DOCUMENTARY
Director Julien Temple (The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, The Filth and the Fury) surveys the past century of London's tumultuous history in this vibrant documentary.
London – The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple’s epic time-travelling voyage to the heart of his hometown. From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and — above all — ordinary people, this is the story of London’s immigrants, its bohemians and how together they changed the city forever.
London – The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple’s epic time-travelling voyage to the heart of his hometown.
From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and above all ordinary people, this is the story of London’s immigrants, its bohemians and how together they changed the city forever. Reaching back to London at the start of the 20th century, the story unfolds through film archive and the voices of Londoners past and present, powered by the popular music across the century. It ends now, as London prepares to welcome the world to the 2012 Olympics.
[Director Julian Temple is readying a series of documentaries based around looking at cities and their music. The series kicks off with Rio de Janeiro, followed by London and Tijuana.]
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“LONDON – THE MODERN BABYLON” (2012 feature documentary film directed by Julien Temple)
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Runtime2:09 (129min)
LanguageEnglish
CountryUnited Kingdom
Reviews
*****   Independent.co.uk
****   Guardian.co.uk
****   Metro.co.uk
****   Timeout
***½   HollywoodReporter
***   Independent.co.uk
**½   Littlewhitelies.co.uk
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