Saturday, April 16, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor's London

As a belated tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, here's a clip from her 1963 television film about London. It's a bizarre piece, mostly featuring an immaculately coiffured Liz wafting around her apartment in a white ball gown reciting poetry and reminiscing about her London childhood, albeit with a slightly glazed expression.

It's worth sticking with to hear the extraordinary way she manages to pronounce Tooting Bec towards the very end. The John Barry scored TV special records London just as the post-war gloom was starting to lift and therefore makes a nice companion piece to recent posts on here about Ian Nairn, Geoffrey Fletcher and Antonioni's Blow Up.

1 comment:

Giovanni Tiso said...

I got carried away towards the end and bought a house in Tooting Bec.