Thursday, 9 May 2013

The Great London Movies No.2: The Italian Job

The Great London Movies.

It’s The Daily Constitutional Film Festival. And it’s programmed by London Walks Guides and London Walkers. Which is the greatest London movie of them all? The best performance in a London-set film? Your favourite London movie location?

As usual, we want to hear from you – send us your favourite London movie nominations to the usual email address, get in touch with us on Twitter @londonwalks or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

No.2. The Italian Job

London Walker John submits our second entrant in the London Walks film festival. And it’s a 60’s classic…

Adam adds… Thanks John! The Italian Job with Michael Caine and Noel Coward as Mr Bridger was released in 1969. The memorable minis and the Italian Alpine car chases and the conundrum climax stay fresh in the memory of moviegoers to this day.

But as John points out, it’s a London film, too. The drivers underwent training at the old Crystal Palace racetrack. And Crystal Palace is also the location for the scene most beloved to Londoners: the explosion scene (look out for the Crystal Palace TV mast in the background.) All together now:

“You’re only supposed to blow the blahddy doors off!”

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