Edgar Wright Breaks Down 25 Films from the 1960s That Inspired ‘Last Night in Soho’ — Exclusive

Explore the vision behind "Last Night in Soho" by joining Edgar Wright on this retrospective tour through 1960s British cinema.
"Last Night in Soho" and the British films that inspired it.
"Last Night in Soho" and the British films that inspired it.
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Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller “Last Night in Soho” has finally arrived in U.S. theaters. The film, starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya-Taylor Joy, world premiered at the Venice Film Festival to a rave review from IndieWire, which named it an official Critic’s Pick. “The film marks a refreshing change for the director and co-writer of ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ ‘Hot Fuzz,’ and ‘Baby Driver.’ Left behind is his trademark hyperactive editing and insistent post-modernism; in its place is flowing movement and intense emotion. It’s not just different from his previous films; it’s different from everyone else’s previous films.”

Like all of Wright’s films, “Last Night in Soho” has cinematic history pulsating through its veins. The director is a cinephile extraordinaire, and he turned to many of his favorite British films from the 1960s for sources of inspiration. With “Soho” now playing in theaters, we asked Wright to reveal some of the cinematic influences behind his latest vision. Wright got back to us with a list of 25 movies that act as a makeshift retrospective tour through 1960s British cinema.

Each of the following paragraphs below are written by Wright himself. But first, allow the filmmaker to introduce to you to his “Soho” inspiration list. Here’s what Wright has to say about the list:

These are 25 films from the 1960s that either somewhat inspired the seed of the idea for “Last Night in Soho” or that I watched during the development and writing of the movie. They cover dramas, horrors, psychological thrillers, and some documentaries (faked or otherwise) that I watched or re-watched as to immerse myself in the period of the time. Believe it or not, this is still an incomplete list, as I watched many, many more, but these 25 films comprise some that I shared with the cast and the crew, if they needed any further inspiration beyond the script in terms of color, costume and hair, performance style, or just the glorious time capsule photography of London as it was back then.


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