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IFI & DARKLIGHT: LONDON

Director: PATRICK KEILLER

85 minutes| U.K.| 1994| Colour| Dolby stereo| 35mm


Patrick Keiller’s extraordinary portrait of London re-imagines the city through the explorations of an unseen ‘researcher’ named Robinson and his similarly unseen companion, the film’s narrator (voiced by Paul Scofield).

‘London’s running time isn’t long, but by the end the viewer will feel that there isn’t much in this city of nine million that we haven’t been shown. Thanks to Keiller’s penetrating, quizzical, endlessly curious and erudite observations, his film is simultaneous piercingly specific and universal. London transcends its self-imposed rigid geographical and chronological limits to push cinema into genuinely fresh territory, and ends, brilliantly, on a poetic note of unexpected, magical, hard-won grace.’ (Neil Young)

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