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329 Ratings


Directed by Franco Rosso
United Kingdom, 1980


Babylon follows a young dancehall DJ in Thatcher-era South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbours, police, and the National Front, set to a blistering reggae, dub, and lovers rock soundtrack anchored by Dennis Bovell.

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Babylon Directed by Franco Rosso
Despite Rosso’s perceptive direction and the cinematography of Chris Menges (The Mission, The Killing Fields, Comfort and Joy…), it is the original soundtrack by Dennis Bovell, more than any other element, that creates the storyline’s intention and tone.
March 14, 2019
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The emotional frustrations at the heart of the film build slowly, in tight, forced smiles and resigned sighs, on the edges of scenes where kids are just horsing around and making do.
March 07, 2019
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[It’s] a British movie about disaffected British people (disaffected British men), and, as such, seems just as seminal an entry in the English “angry young man” sweepstakes as the plays, novels and movies about alienation made in the 1960s.
March 07, 2019
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