Anna Randal for Art-Sheep
The Open Road is a famous series of films by cinema technician, filmmaker, and cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene. In 1927 the artist traveled across the UK and captured the city of London, the everyday life of its residents and its monumental sights, with a new color (!) film camera. These films of historical importance were restored in 2005 by the BFI and released online.
86 years later filmmaker Simon Smith, following Friese-Greene footsteps, made his own documenting films of the city of London. Now, keep in mind that we are talking about an 86-years difference. Different cars, different people and definitely different vibes. It’s very interesting how Smith matched almost perfectly the original films, filming each shot from the same angle and mimicking their timing. The most amazing part of the video is the similarities of these two different versions of London, as if it wasn’t for the quality, it would be impossible to tell these shots apart. Watch the video above and see for yourself.