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Christopher Fowler
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[I've rewritten one of my favourite pieces on London, of which you'll notice there are a great many on this little site. I thought it was worth revisiting. Coming later this week, a Christmas quiz. I love to watch old London-set films as much for what's going on in the background as the story, from 'The Ladykillers' (1955), which features my neighbourhood back when it was a sooty industrial…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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I love to watch old London-set films as much for what's going on in the background as the story, from 'The Ladykillers' (1955), which features my neighbourhood back when it was a sooty industrial wasteland bisected by railway lines (all still there), to the delightful 'Genevieve' (1953), which shows the tramlines still set in the cobbled roads south of the Thames, to 'Smashing Time' (1967), which…
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Christopher Fowler
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'I'm not a politician - I'm a businessman. And I'm also a Londoner.' Harold Shand's gravel-voiced speech on the prow of his yacht as it passes Tower Bridge is the stuff of British film legend, along with the closing speech from 'Withnail & I' or the opening monologue from 'Trainspotting' - there aren't too many of them in our canon, sadly. Bob Hoskins has died too young at 71, after a memorable…
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