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Cosmopolitan London

Cosmopolitan London 1924

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Cosmopolitan London 1924

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Miller, Harry B. Parkinson

Despite the insensitive (at times even hostile) intertitles, this is an extraordinary tour of a multicultural London rarely acknowledged by early filmmakers. Venturing off the beaten track, from the hodgepodge of Soho café culture to the "dim and mysterious" district of Limehouse - home to Chinese, Asian and African seamen - it's an eye-opening look at the melting-pot metropolis of the 1920s.

This remarkable film is part of the Wonderful London series of travelogues, directed by Harry B. Parkinson and Frank Miller. The series contrasted different aspects of city life - East End and West End, poor and rich, natives and immigrants - looking beyond the stereotypes to deliver surprising views of the city. Unfortunately, the commentary of Cosmopolitan London doesn't keep up: prejudiced references to opium-smoking in Chinatown reveal suspicions about the new Londoners, and reflect the overwhelmingly white nature of cinema audiences at the time.

Directed by

Frank Miller

Harry B. Parkinson

Genres

Interest film

Collection

Soho Stories Tales of Old Chinatown Festival Archive Treasures Archive Treasures

Released

1924

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Graham-Wilcox Productions

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