J G Ballard
These two short films from Rank’s classic Look at Life, hint at two of J G Ballard’s preoccupations - high rises and cars.
“Rising to High Office”, made in 1963, examines the development of high rise corporate life; while “Goodbye Piccadilly” looks at the planned redevelopment of the famous London landmark at the start of the sixties that intended to create a “double-decker” Piccadilly Circus, with a new pedestrian concourse above the ground-level traffic. The plans were lasted for most of the decade, but were killed off in 1972 when it was discovered the plans would not help the required increase in traffic flow.
Amazing quality and in fabulous color, they capture a little seen aspect of the changing face of London during its most famous decade.
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