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London - The Modern Babylon


Julien Temple's epic time-travelling voyage to the heart of his hometown.

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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 and 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 popular music from across the century. It ends in 2012, as London prepares to welcome the world as it hosts the Olympics.

"Its collage technique, humanism and sympathy for ordinary people has much in common with the vision of Britain created by Danny Boyle's team for the opening of the Olympics...A movie to cherish."

Philip French, The Observer

  • Audio commentary by director Julien Temple
  • Interview with Julien Temple
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Fully illustrated booklet with film notes and credits
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SKU 5035673009680
Catalogue Number BFIVD968
Subtitle A film by Julien Temple
Product contents 1 disc
Year 2012
Director Temple, Julien
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Colour Black & white and colour
Sound Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 128 min
DVD region 2
Certificate 15
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