Sunday, 23 December 2012

BFI/SIGHT AND SOUND DVDs OF 2012




Sukhdev Sandhu
Critic, UK/US

Under the Cranes
Emma-Louise Williams, UK 2012

A polyphonic meditation on time and urban space, a cinematic version of one of Charles Parker’s ‘Radio Ballads’, this Michael Rosen-scripted evocation of the borough of Hackney is a joyous wonder, an instant addition to the modern canon of filmic London. Super-8 streetscapes and archival alleyways rub up against Al Bowlly tunes and Malian kora music, the testimonies of contemporary Congolese immigrants is heard alongside proud retellings of how anti-fascist Jews purged the neighbourhood of Mosley’s henchmen in the 1940s, and child rhymes hang beautifully over a much maligned and increasingly gentrification-threatened area.


http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/polls-surveys/annual-round-ups/dvds-2012-part-3


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