voted in your droves in our recent film poll and placed The Long
Good Friday in top position with twice as many votes as its
London film critic Jason Solomons thinks he knows why...
readers and listeners like The Long Good Friday because it
gets right to the heart of living in our city. It's about dreams
and hate, class and economics, power and greed, violence and pride.
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catches London as it always seems to be, on the cusp of a new era,
pulled between the future and history.
interesting that 25 years after it was made, John MacKenzie's
film is coming into its own as a generational landmark..."
interesting that 25 years after it was made, John MacKenzie's film
is coming into its own as a generational landmark - a film needs
that length of time to mark its place in history and acquire the
lasting power of a classic.
Long Good Friday now has the mythical qualities suggested by
its title: an almost religious, reverential event as legendary as
American gangsters considering the St Valentine's Day massacre (indeed,
it was based on Mervyn LeRoy's 1931 Little Caesar, starring
Edward G Robinson).
got a truly great script (by Barrie Keeffe) full of long good speeches
and language that has the ring of authenticity, and, in Harold Shand,
little Bob Hoskins creates a monumental, monstrous London figure,
one we all know and one we hate and admire in equal measure.
the most extraordinary aspect is how much the London depicted in
the film has changed over time.
Harold Shand, Bob Hoskins created a monumental, monstrous
a shot from the top of the Thistle Hotel at Tower Bridge that shows
emptiness, flatness and dereliction all around. Go up there now
and it's unrecognisable, such has been the development and hunger
for wealth that has sprung up all around, like an urban forest.
Long Good Friday is as monumental as any London landmark and
achieves what the best London films should: a sense of time and
place with characters that are precise and yes, timeless.
not always pleasant but then, I think, we tend to get the favourite
film we deserve.
its snarling, wild spirit of defiance, it is both glorious and grubby,
lying in the gutter while looking at the stars.
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