London in Colour, 1926

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I love this piece of film shot in 1926. Not too many ladies walking about but when you do see them, the cloches and knee-length skirts are lovely. There’s one scene when the camera is driving forward through an extremely crowded street full of working class men in suits, ties and skally caps and there’s one woman wearing her cloche. Everyone is looking back at the camera in happy curiosity.

The piano music (appearing halfway through the reel) is one of my faves – from the movie Amelie. I can’t play the piano but I just want to learn this one song.

A bit of advice: Play this one full screen.

[H/T: Small Dead Animals]

If you liked this, check out: Las Vegas, 1962.

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2 responses to “London in Colour, 1926

  1. Reblogged this on The London Scrapbook and commented:
    I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this before. Very interesting to see how it was back then. I’m not sure if it is clever filming or just how the film was produced in those days, but it’s a good representation of a slower life!

  2. I always feel a longing when looking back and seeing what we’ve lost in terms of formality of dress and general sense of propriety. Thank you for sharing this bit of history.

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