London

London
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“London, he says, is a city under siege from a suburban government which uses homelessness, pollution, crime, and the most expensive and run down public transport system of any city in Europe as weapons against Londoners’ lingering desire for the freedoms of city life.” So says the unnamed narrator of this hypnagogic exploration of London, its people, its buildings, and its apparent disappearance at around the time of the 1992 General Election. Voiced by Paul Scofield the film follows the narrator as he wanders the Capital in pursuit of solutions to ‘the problem of London’; confronted everywhere by a city strained-to-breaking by rampant gentrification, the ever-present threat of terrorism and an unbroken decade-and-a-half of Conservative rule. With a cast of two completed by the unseen Robinson – whose eccentric and often extraordinary observations are a frequent highlight – London comprises a haunting patchwork of real footage of London life as it was in the last decade of the 20

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