The Hidden City + Under Night Streets (PG*)

Architecture on Film

The Hidden City

A sensory, symphonic voyage through subterranean Madrid meets a night on the 1950s London Underground. Two cinematic trips into the depths of the hidden metropolis.

Victor Moreno’s film transforms Madrid’s vast underground infrastructure, from what at first looks intergalactic, to what is gradually revealed to be the universe beneath our feet,  exploring  the physical and psychic depths of the man-made guts of a metropolis – a place where the subterranean and subconscious meet.

Illuminated only by the available light – headlamps, LCD control displays, night vision surveillance and glimmers through grates –  this voyage into the darkness is rendered as pure cinema, with meticulously crafted sound design adding further shape to the shadows.

In Under Night Streets, the celebrated British Transport Films unit depict a 1950s night on the Tube, presenting the drama of the nocturnal labour required to keep the daytime city on the move. Narrated with great panache by actor Gordon Jackson (The Professionals).

Spain, France, Germany 2018 Dir Victor Moreno 80 min
UK 1958 Dir Ralph Keene 19 min

Under Night Streets is screening from a 35mm print, from the collection of the London Transport Museum.

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