This week’s Throwback Thursday feature goes all the way back to the Roaring Twenties again as restored colour footage of 1920s London made rounds online earlier this month.
“It’s like a beautifully dusty old postcard you’d find in a junk store, but moving.”
The footage above was filmed in 1926 by pioneer filmmaker Claude Friese-Greene for his cross-country travelogue The Open Road. Restored by the British Film institute back in 2007, it gives us a beautifully soft and enchanting glimpse of what it was like in the era – a startling contrast to today’s brighter and sharper images.
“Friese-Greene’s London footage was filmed on his homecoming after an 840-mile road trip across Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats. An early innovator of colour technology, Friese-Greene developed a system initiated by his father, using colour-sensitive black and white film shot and projected via green and red filters. His 1925 road trip exploited this method to capture a precious record of British life, intended to be shown in cinemas as 26 separate episodes.” — Samuel WIgley, British Film Institute
You can read more about it in the British Film Institute’s official website.
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