Unboxing the Silents: London Symphony (2017)

We’re going to be looking at something a bit modern today but I can assure you that it is quite silent. London Symphony was successfully crowdfunded in 2014 and is finally completed for all to enjoy.

A huge thanks to Alex Barrett and Flicker Alley for the review copy!

City symphonies capture the urban life in amber, preserving the culture of when and where the film was made. London Symphony strives to capture the flavor and diversity of today’s London and has been on the festival circuit. This review covers the presentation on home video and is not a review of the film itself but I will say that I think silent fans will be very pleased with visual filmmaking being used to confidently in our modern age.

The film is now available as an all-region Bluray from Flicker Alley.

The film is directed and edited by Alex Barrett and scored by James McWilliam. Here’s a preview so you can hear and see:

Here are some samples of the images of the film. Notice the black and white cinematography and the old school aspect ratio.

Extras include London Medley (1933), a 10-minute mini symphony, Hungerford: Symphony of a London Bridge, the 2009 precursor this London Symphony and an interview with Alex Barrett.

This is a definite keeper for silent film fans!

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6 Replies to “Unboxing the Silents: London Symphony (2017)”

  1. I was wondering when you’d get around to this one! To any of your readers, I second what Fritzi said. So many people are needlessly put off by the concept of silent movies, much less any made in the sound era. This movie will blow your preconceptions out of the water!

  2. Silent film fans should get familiar with the almost dialogue-free comedies of Abel & Gordon, such as Rumba, L’Iceberg, The Fairy and Lost In Paris (2017). They are clearly students of Langdon, Lloyd, Keaton, Chaplin and many more silent clowns.

  3. Simply perfect for a movie buff’s Yuletide gifting. Whether silent or sound aficionados, the exquisite, evocative London Symphony will please them all. Can’t sing its praises enough 😀

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