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London from the Air 2 (Fun Palace outtakes)
Excellent if somewhat jerky aerial shots of London taken from a helicopter and featuring close-ups of Waterloo, the docks and Tower Bridge.
A helicopter swoops over the River Thames, allowing a camera to snatch jerky film of Waterloo – note the station, with the recently completed Shell building in the foreground – then over Docklands, probably London Dock and St Katharine Dock – and on to Tower Bridge. Also shows a large factory. This is a rush from Joan Littlewood’s film detailing London’s leisure life.
Digitisation supported by the London Topographical Society.
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