London: The Modern Babylon
London: The Modern Babylon (2012)

Documenting historic events and cultural changes in London throughout the city's history.

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: July 15, 2013
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Daphne Howland
Village Voice

T.S. Eliot and William Blake have their say, and a pigeon-capturing lady on the streets gets more screen time than Lady Diana. But this is no crazy quilt.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

A movie to cherish.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

This isn't the cinema's last word on London, but it will silence competitors for a few years to come.

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Jason Gorber

Temple's fragmented approach bespeaks the very nature of the place he's celebrating. For it seems that only through these wide variety of elements, these individual building blocks making a whole, that we can really get a sense of this remarkable city.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

A dizzying collage of all the changes in London's social and architectural fabric since light was first trained through celluloid.

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Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies

Ultimately there's not enough invention or verve to set this apart from a competent TV documentary.

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Christopher Campbell

A distinct sort of time travelogue of the city's rougher patches ... the kind of doc that scores the suffragette movement to "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" by X-Ray Spex.

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Peter Bradshaw

A very heady experience.

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Marcus Woolcott
A comprehensive and energised history of London from every angle. Essential viewing.