ESCAPE

05.15.13

1920's London: In Color

Looking for an escapist trip to a bygone era? The British Film Institute has posted some of the amazing footage from Claude Friese-Greene's 1920's color films capturing British life. Scroll down to see some of our favorites.
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In 2006 the BBC and the British Film Institute co-produced the documentary series The Lost World of Friese-Greene which explored the works of Friese-Greene as he set out to record life on the road in England for collection of films The Open Road. Compiled as a series of shorts, the intial showings were not successful as his tehcniques for coloring the film were found disruptive by the audience. However, in 2013, the films are a delight, as it is fascinating to see instantly recognizable landmarks captured in their inter-war daily life. Above is the short The Thames opposite the Tower of London, London (1926).

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Hyde Park, London (1926). Check out the fashionable women strolling through Hyde Park towards the end of the clip.

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Eton Wall Game (1921). Here's a fun clip showing the young men of Eton playing a strange sport. 

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Petticoat Lane, London (1926). Watch as the masses of people look at the camera with both curiosity and a tinge of fear.

For more of the fascinating videos head over to BFI's YouTube page.