London was the center of the world when it was first captured by the moving image. The first grainy, black-and-white images of this metropolis pop onto the screen in London – The Modern Babylon with exhilarating and surprising emotion. Interviewing musicians, historians, charity workers, performance artists, shopkeepers, market traders and nightclub owners, director Julien Temple eschews virtually all of London’s most renowned names in his tour of the city’s past 110 years. But his film is no travelogue. While it inevitably tips its hat to the two World Wars and some of the city’s most momentous images, it concentrates on two overarching themes: the violence of mob rule and its importance in the city’s history; and the role that immigration and racial tension has played. This effervescent documentary embraces the complexity of a city forever in transition. –Toronto International Film Festival

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125 min
Not Rated
Year: 2012
Country: UK
Language: English
Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival
Director: Julien Temple
Screenwriter: Julien Temple
Cast: Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Andy Serkis, Imelda Staunton, Ray Davies, Juno Temple, Malcolm McLaren