Like time travel: Film puts you in two centuries at once

Filmmaker superimposes historical footage of London on top of the same street scenes from the present day, creating a really fun view of the city.

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Video screenshot by Rusty Blazenhoff/CNET

"Wonderful London 1924 & 2014" is a new short film by filmmaker Simon Smith. To create it, he retraced the footsteps of two directors from the early 20th century, recaptured their shots of London street scenes exactly, and meshed the moving images of past and the present together.

The original footage was shot in 1924 by Harry B. Parkinson and Frank Miller for their world-renowned silent film series"Wonderful London." By mixing the two, Smith has fashioned a great way to glimpse at the two time periods simultaneously.

Give this then-and-now flick a watch. It's set to "Symphony No. 4" by Gustav Mahler and is quite a delight.

(Via The Atlantic)

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Rusty Blazenhoff has been deeply involved in cyberculture for more than 20 years, and immersed in pop culture since getting her first copy of Dynamite magazine. She loves kitsch, quirky artifacts of Americana, and enjoying island life in Alameda, Calif., with her daughter. She makes a mean Fluffernutter.

 

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