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Primitive London (Flipside 003)


A lurid portrait of 60s London depravity

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The sensational follow-up to London in the Raw, Primitive London sets out to reflect society’s decay through a sideshow spectacle of 1960s London depravity – and manages to outdo its predecessor. Here, we confront mods, rockers and beatniks at the Ace Café, cut some rug with obscure beat band The Zephyrs, smirk at flabby men in the sauna and goggle at sordid wife-swapping parties as we discover a pre-permissive Britain still trying to move on from the post-war depression of the 1950s.
Remastered from the original negative and presented with an array of amazing features, this is essential viewing for anyone with an interest in the nation’s capital and its uncharted past.

BFI Flipside is dedicated to rediscovering the margins of British film, reclaiming a space for forgotten movies and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of disappearing from our screens forever. It is a home for UK cinematic oddities, offering everything from exploitation documentaries to B-movies, countercultural curios and obscure classics, If it's weird, British and forgotten, then it's Flipside.

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  • Remastered from original negative
  • English and French language presentations of the feature
  • Carousella (1966, 25 mins): John Irvin’s controversial dramatised documentary on the lives of a group of striptease artistes
  • Stuart McCabe (strip club manager) interview (1958, 15 mins)
  • Shirley (stripper) interview (1968, 6 mins)
  • Al Burnett (nightclub owner) interview (1967,17 mins)
  • Original trailer (English and French language options)
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SKU 5035673008393
Catalogue Number BFIVD839
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1965
Director Arnold L Miller
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries UK
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Colour
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 85 min
DVD region All
Certificate 15
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