A fin-de-siècle personal portrait of London shot over a period of twelve months, which saw the election of John Major as prime minister, renewed IRA bombings, the ‘Black Wednesday’ European monetary crisis and the “fall of the house of Windsor.”
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In Sontag's Unguided Tour a tourist asks another: "Have you been so perverted as to avoid Venice's most famous places?" Though he resents the word, Keiller's psychogeography is crafted like a 'perverted' lipogram - a type of constrained, experimental writing in which (most common) letters are strictly omitted, with the difference that Keiller's alphabet sidesteps the landmarks that commonly define an area. Seldom has
An enthralling and wry diary/traveloque picture from director Patrick Keiller that captures '92 London in all its' faded glory and historical context as our narrator gives voice to his partner Robinson's experiments and views. Always reflective; never manipulative; always fascinating.
A lot rougher and angrier than I remember Robinson in Space being, but still when I see this form of docu-travelogue-time-travel narrative I cannot help but think the director is writing a letter specifically to me. Else how does it contrive that I got around to this disc on an election year? --PolarisDiB
Just watched it, and for some reason I burst into tears. An apologetically cerebral film that is at the same time an extremely moving and loving portrait of a city. It's at once of it's time and timeless, very sad, and at times very beautiful.
3.5 stars. 25 years later IRA terrorism is replaced with Islamist terrorism and more and more of London has been swallowed by gentrification (interesting to see the clips from Brixton and Spitalfields). London was in a state of decline that later would be replaced by a finance and housing boom (that not everybody would benefit from). You learn more about a city from it's outskirts, like Hanwell, than it's centre.