BFI Flipside presents
PRIMITIVE LONDON (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Arnold L. Miller
THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.
The sensational follow-up to London in the Raw, Primitive London sets out to reflect society’s decay through a sideshow spectacle on 1960s London depravity and manages to outdo its predecessor. Here, we confront mods, rockers and beatniks at the Ace Café, cut some rug with obscure beat band The Zephyrs, smirk at flabby men in the sauna and goggle at sordid wife-swapping parties as we discover a pre-permissive Britain still trying to move on from the post-war depression of the 1950s.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- English and French language versions of the feature
- Original trailer
- Carousella (1965, 26 mins): John Irvin’s controversial dramatized documentary on the lives of a group of striptease artists
- Three Bernard Braden interviews: Al Burnett, Soho nightclub owner (1967, 18 mins); Stuart McCabe, Soho strip club manager (1968, 16 mins); ‘Shirley’, Soho stripper (1968, 6 mins)
- Illustrated booklet with essays by Iain Sinclair, Vic Pratt (BFI Curator) and William Fowler (BFI Curator)
UK | 1965 | colour | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 87 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)