Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 14 Jun 2009
This boxset contains 5 films synonymous with the great capital of London. Pool of London: When their ship docks the crew disembark as usual to pick up their lives in postwar London. For one of them his petty smuggling turns more serious when he finds himself caught up with a robbery in the City. The Small World of Sammy Lee: The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money. The Yellow Balloon: One of two young boys accidentally falls to his death when playing in a bombed-out London neighborhood. Frankie, the survivor feels guilty about his friend's death. Len, a petty thief who has just killed a pub owner during a botched robbery, learns of the accident. He poses as Frankie's friend and blackmails the boy into stealing from his parents to finance Len's escape. When Len decides that Frankie may know enough to connect him with the murder, he decides to silence the boy in a tense "hide and seek" chase through the ruins. The London Nobody Knows/Les Bicyclettes de Bellsize: Shot in 1967, London Nobody Knows features James Mason giving the viewer a guided tour around arcane and then-little visited parts of London. Even more of a fascinating historical document now than it was on its release the film offers a rare and beautiful glimpse of London past. Locations explored include Islington’s Chapel Market, the tenements of Spitalfields and the ruins of the now-disappeared Bedford Theatre in Camden. Another ode to the cityscapes of London, Les Bicyclettes de Belsize is a short film that follows the course of a relationship, mostly by bicycle around Hampstead Heath, begun when a man falls in love with a model after seeing her photograph. With little dialogue, the film is mainly musical, including the titular hit by Engelbert Humberdink. Sparrows Can't Sing: Charlie returns to the East End after two years at sea to find his house demolished and wife Maggie gone. Everyone else knows she is now shacked up with married bus driver Bert and a toddler, and they all watch with more than a little interest at the trail of mayhem Charlie leaves as he goes about sorting things out.