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by Eric Eidelstein
January 16, 2014 11:07 AM
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Watch: Side-by-Side Footage of London in 1927 and London Today

When cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene navigated through 1920s London with his new color film camera he probably didn't expect that someone would do the exact same thing in the exact same places in 2013. 

After the British Film Institute restored Friese-Greene's footage, filmmaker Simon Smith decided to capture shots of every single place the cinematographer had visited and create a short film. To do this, Smith used modern equipment that most likely resembled what Friese-Greene had used. 

The six minute film shows images of popular areas in London today and has them side by side with their 1927 counterparts. Some of the locations include the London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.

Check out the side-by-side footage below: 

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  • dee | January 16, 2014 1:16 PMReply

    So much history! It's a shame that we don't preserve as much here in the states. It's always "bigger", "better", "newer" with each city in competition with the next and corporate america calling the shots. Makes me sick!

    Loved the video!