The Scala London Underground Film Map 1916 – 2016, Part 2

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Another team effort over the last century was the global resistance of fascism. Langlois, the impractical romantic, falling asleep on the steps to his own museum, projecting films in the stairwell when the screening rooms in the Cinémathèque were full, scared of his wife but bewitched by their strange mother-son, sadomasochistic relationship (I did say “French”). Langlois with his hair and his cigarette and the cake crumbs down his cardy, was also a Resistance fighter.

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By saving the physical print of ‘The Blue Angel’, Langlois not only fought fascism by subverting its cultural vandalism, he fought for a common humanity by preserving its relics as well. His valour was not only intellectual but also physical: Langlois took possession of the cans of Josef von Sternberg’s film, an act which in German-occupied Paris risked imprisonment or death.

A collective European effort to resist fascism and to overcome other tyrannies over a century of cinema is present and correct on the Scala map.

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At Woodford – where her daughter Sylvia lived in sin, causing her to break off ties – suffragist and campaigner for women’s rights Emmeline Pankhurst addresses the camera directly about the need for votes for women in ‘80 Million Women Want-?’.

At Bow Road is ‘Suffragette’ with Meryl Streep playing Emmaline and Helena Bonham Carter as activist Edith New. Daughter Sylvia Pankhurst became active in the socialist self-help movement in the East End, particularly in Bow. Sylvia helped to set up a free milk service for mothers and kids, and a cut-price café from the disused Gunmakers’ Arms pub in 1915. How far we’ve come in a hundred years…

Sylivia Pankhurst addressing a crowd outside the headquarters of the East London Federation of Suffragettes, Old Ford Road, Bow.

Sylivia Pankhurst addressing a crowd outside the headquarters of the East London Federation of Suffragettes, Old Ford Road, Bow.

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