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London Thrills Me

Date posted: 17.10.2007

Trafalgar Square will play host to a selection of archive films on 18 and 19 October, in celebration of London’s status as one of the world’s great cinematic cities.

As part of The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival, Film London, Mayor of London, London Development Agency and London’s Screen Archives are sponsoring free screenings

All titles showing have a London theme. From 6.30pm each evening you can enjoy some of the following treats.

Thursday 18 October
Neil Brand provides live piano accompaniment to an evening of London thrills, mystery and comedy.

  • Blackmail (1929 – 82 mins)
    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, manslaughter and blackmail on the streets of London in one of the director’s rarely seen early thrillers.
  • Blue Bottles (1928 – 26 mins)
    Elsa Lanchester plays the scatterbrained maid who inadvertently helps the London bobbies defeat a gang of robbers. Directed by Ivor Montagu.

Friday 19 October
Capital Tales - A Portrait of London on Film
Extracts and screenings of rarely seen films from the BFI National Archive and London's Screen Archives, with live piano accompaniment from John Sweeney.

  • Blackfriars Bridge (1896)
  • Petticoat Lane (1903)
  • Piccadilly (1929)
  • England at War: The London Blitz (1941)
  • Sunshine in Soho (1956)
  • Chelsea Bridge Boys (1964)
  • In Gear (1967)
  • Borderline (2005)

Find out more about Trafalgar Square. This is non-ticketed event, but we recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment.

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