London in 1926, in colour

As a sequel to our footage of Venice in 1923, here is some beautiful unearthed footage of London in colour shot by Claude Friese-Greene. While the title on vimeo attributes it to 1927, the correction from the BFI in the text dates it as 1926.

As with the Venice film, it is eerie to see the place of our imagination come to life.

This was made all the more strange for me when the soundtrack changes at the 3:24 mark, and the piano music by Yann Tiersen from the Amelie soundtrack fades in (“Comptine d’Un Autre Été”). This has been a signature piece of music in our Horror on the Orient Express playtest, and to me it evokes Lausanne after dark, loss in Milan, leaving yet another European city on the train and looking back with sadness and regret.

When this tune came in, fiction and reality came together so suddenly that I got a chill down my spine. Thanks, BFI.


Filed under Library Use, Playtesting

5 responses to “London in 1926, in colour

  1. This is incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Damien

    Wish I’d had this before the London stage of Masks….

    • Thanks Damien, the power of the policeman’s hand is also explored in my 1914 guidebook ‘A Wanderer in London’ so it was clearly a big thing throughout the period.

  3. Nick Davison

    This is excellent. Thanks for posting it.

  4. Nice clip. Thanks for tracking it down and sharing.

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