Too fast cutting for my taste, but lots of fascinating clips. I have lived in London and always had a love/hate relationship to the city. It could be cold, impersonal, full of chain cafes and annoying yuppies, but it also had the nice pubs, great cinemas, the feeling of never being boring and total freedom.
Brilliant, awe-inspiring, romantic, an incredible swoop of footage that cuts through London lives past and present, and its many sub cultures (though all Asian Britons seem to get from the archives is a scene about strict parents - thanks Julien!). A long musical collage, but Temple is one of the few who can do that format right.
Temple's talents as a music video director are evident in spades in this musically supported visual montage spanning 100 years in the life of London, a city that now boasts 270 different cultures. Temple says, "Let the images hypnotize you and speak for themselves," finding order in the chaos of oppression, rioting, renewal, and unity as repeated throughout history.
'..dive into the archive and drown..' Stupendous achievement from director Julien Temple ranking amongst his very best films. A portrait of a city from the dawn of the moving image to modern day that resonates with the viewer both viscerally and emotionally. The ever constant background of mob rule, effects of immigration and social change are reflected well over the years covered and the soundtrack is near perfect.