The The British band led by Pete Doherty, Babyshambles, In 2006 he released a song called “Albion” that embodies in a somewhat poetic and melancholy tone what it means to tour the UK, especially London. Doherty invites us to meet at places like Deptford and Catford, at the station stop, or at red telephone booths, and then talk over a sip of “gin en” Cups of tea”, with “leaves in the grass” all over. It is a composition that gathers in a little more than four minutes the history of the city, The contrast between classic and modern, with the descriptions so vivid that one can feel a distinct spray when listening to it.
The following films achieve this purpose as well. From photos that go from Camden Town to Notting Hill, all of it, through stories and very different looks, transports us to London in unforgettable frames.
* A place called Hill of Notes
One of the best romantic comedies written by British Richard Curtis –Under the guidance of the recently deceased Roger Michel– It started from a question the screenwriter asked himself in a few days of insomnia. “Several nights when I couldn’t sleep, I thought of some ingredients to write a new story and what I often thought was what it would be like if one day I visited my friends whom I have dinner with once a week and the most famous person in the world was there as well. There, Everything came from imagining this scenario,” the director stated A matter of time. A place called Notting Hill It’s not just a victory for how chemistry is gradually building between movie star Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) William Thacker (Hugh Grant), The owner of a travel bookstore, but because of the way he travels through London, he quit the spaces.
from who – which Area located in the town From Kensington and Chelsea – As the stations pass in a montage that reveals William’s duel during his break with Anna-, to the famous library and the blue door of an apartment in which Curtis himself lived, the film confirms the most deluxe From the city but culminating in a garden where both the more sought-after celebrity and the lesser-known man can coexist.
Undisputed masterpiece Michelangelo Antonioni As a story starting point Julio Cortazar “Las Papas del Diablo” – who integrates his work secret weapons– which subjugated the director so much that he himself wanted to adapt it, with all that this implies. The film ended up being one of the director’s finest works the night With David Hemmings as Thomas, This on-demand fashion photographer who, while strolling through a park, begins taking pictures of the couple chatting around.
Upon her discovery, the woman, Jane (played by Vanessa Redgrave), He blackmails him into bringing him back to fascia, the starting point in this thriller that, like Cortázar’s story, talks about nothing more and nothing less than the look, the concept of subjectivity, the difference between looking and seeing, and perhaps the false dichotomy between reality and imagination. As the author himself writes in his story, everything happens “to strip a lot of other people’s clothes.” Cinematographer Carlo de Palma captures the coldness of 1960s London in his portrait approach West End in action modern, building The EconomistAnd Perhaps it is a reflection of that hero we find steeped in monotony suddenly shaken any day he learns, by force, how to strip himself of what is in front of him to choose what he sees from that group.
* It took so long: and everything changed
British feature film Tinge Krishnan based on the musical adaptation by Ché Walker, was released in 2009, and released on Netflix in 2018, with The great Michaela Cole as the protagonist. It’s a romantic drama with musical anthologies with a distinctly independent footprint, with a more intimate focus that makes those musical numbers lack stylized impact but achieve a greater connection between their protagonists. Cole – who this year deservedly won an Emmy for the script for the series he conceived and led, The Extraordinary could destroy you- You play Simone, a single mother who, convinced by her best friend, decides to go out again to meet someone after years of giving up on this aspect of her life. In a nearly empty bar, she begins to interact with Raymond (Arinze Kane), a former convict who ends up falling in love despite her reluctance.
It’s been so long: everything has changed He didn’t invent gunpowder, but it’s a very good example of how many films they explore, with two characters in the middle and good conversation in a long career, the existential struggles that come with maturity and acquired responsibilities. Cole and Kenny are an excellent couple, and Krishnan captures the magic of Camden Town as it couldn’t be otherwise: with that beautiful chaos, constant music and curiosity as the drive to discover important figures of alternative culture. On the other hand, the movie creates a file Beautiful stream in Primrose Hill Park The heroes experience a pivotal moment as they contemplate the city.
much Paddington As a sequel to it, they are not only great movies but also undisputed British, By placing the center of a bear who arrived from Peru at the station from which he took his name and where we can find her statue and shop, among other things a tribute to the beloved character The protagonist of the intense action of Michael Bond. The adaptations of The Paul King—co-written by the director with Hamish McCall first and Simon Farnaby later—are charming, with never-fail gags and Ben Whishaw’s perfect Paddington voice, From meeting the Brown family he can rethink his past, as well as change the daily lives of those who adopt him.
The Natural History Museum, Buckingham Palace, Primrose Hill, Portobello Road, and Maida Vale are some of the hot spots in London that, like Paddington himself, are seen with a mixture of charm and gullibility. One of the secret weapons in the perfect king diptych.
The great Stanley Donen, director like the classics singing in the rain And One day in New York It was first shown in 1951 royal wedding, Another great musical, starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, who plays Tom and Elaine Bowen, Two brothers of Broadway stars look to take advantage of the impending royal wedding of Elizabeth II and Philip of Edinburgh to present their businesses in London and succeed there in 1947.
In the process, they both meet two people they instantly fall in love with, though their relationship won’t be without hurdles, overcoming them to that glorious ending to the film that sought to honor the relationship between Esther and his dancer sister, Adele Astaire. , so what It became one of MGM’s greatest hits.
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