Snapshot: London: The Modern Babylon

London: The Modern Babylon, a documentary film that wistfully celebrates the UK's capital and largest city, is the finale in the 2013 National Docurama Festival. For the past seven weeks, Cleveland Cinemas—at both the Cedar Lee and the Capitol—has played host to documentaries spanning the breadth of current content interests: politics, the environment, social issues, personal profiles and pop culture.

In London, British filmmaker Julien Temple—known foremost for his music documentaries—races through London's twentieth century (up to the 2012 Olympics), showcasing his hometown as a metropolis of breathtaking frenzy and diversity. Through archival footage, pop music, and the voices of London's most powerful and most ordinary folks, Temple amasses a vast and splendid collage of culture and history.

Among other things, he's got a knack for divining extra (or meta) meaning from historical events by superimposing contemporary music over images from the past. The film screens at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the Capitol Theatre. (Sam Allard)

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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