London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot

You might remember this remarkable short film by Claude Friese-Greene, showing the London of 1927 in colour. Well, someone’s only gone and recreated it, shot for shot, in modern London. Simon Smith followed in Friese-Greene’s pioneering footsteps to craft the staggering comparison above.

The results are so fascinating, you’ll want to view the film several times. In some places, the buildings are unchanged in 85 years. People still trudge across London Bridge each morning, and flock to Petticoat Lane market. Elsewhere, the city has moved on. The river is now bereft of cranes and cargo boats; policemen no longer control major junctions; and the City skyline is now dominated by peculiar-shaped skyscrapers rather than church spires.

This is a remarkable piece of film-making, and we herewith commend Simon Smith for the Freedom of the City of London.

Hat-tip to @Fredgarnett and @Colossal for the tip-off.

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  • Claire McConville

    Wonderful footage! I’m very impressed!

  • Alexandra Westcott

    Brilliant

  • NatalieWashington

    The Shot is so very interesting and Mind Blowing creative.
    http://sissmag.livejournal.com/552.html

  • Mrsaverage

    That was wonderful. I loved the Peter Pan statue part, so moving. Btw, it doesn’t go full screen on my browser (google chrome) it stays the same size on half of the screen while the other half of the website goes into full frame.

  • andy

    wow… london looks grab grey and boring 90 years on….
    awesome