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Shepperton Babylon (2005)

A sardonic look at the dark secrets of the British Film Industry of the 1920s and 30s, where scandal and sordid behaviour was almost as rife as in Hollywood.

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Ben McPherson

Writer:

Matthew Sweet
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Credited cast:
Charlie Higson ... The Narrator (voice)
Lewis Macleod ... Other Voices (voice) (as Lewis MaCleod)
Kate Robbins Kate Robbins ... Other Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tallulah Bankhead ... Herself (archive footage)
Gracie Fields ... Herself (archive footage)
George Formby ... Himself (archive footage)
Lillian Hall-Davis ... Herself (archive footage)
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexander Korda Alexander Korda ... Himself (archive footage)
Anny Ondra ... Herself (archive footage)
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A sardonic look at the dark secrets of the British Film Industry of the 1920s and 30s, where scandal and sordid behaviour was almost as rife as in Hollywood.

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Official Sites:

BBC Four [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2005 (UK) See more »

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Stereo
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A clip from Music Hath Charms is erroneously titled Elstree Calling. See more »

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Features Escape from Dartmoor (1929) See more »

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Fascinating!
11 September 2005 | by jpb58See all my reviews

Like the classic book Hollywood Babylon, about the scandals of early Hollywood and its stars, this book and film Shepperton Babylon delves into the sex and murder and suicide scandals, and the professional ups and downs of the most popular British performers and directors of the 1920's through the 1940's.

The narration is sly and rather inflammatory and we even get a look at some cheap vintage peep shows put on film. The documentary seems to emphasize the ugliness of the film business in this era, and even deprecates classics like Korda's Private Life of Henry the Eighth, and ridicules famous directors like Alfred Hitchcock. It's all so superficial but such fun. My friend in the UK sent me his recording of the documentary broadcast on BBC and I was able to view it in my region free player and record it to NTSC format on my own disc. Hooray for today's technology!


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