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Last Night in Soho: Edgar Wright selects 25 inspirational films

by Stewart Cole

Explore the vision behind “Last Night in Soho” with Edgar Wright on this retrospective tour of 1960s British cinema.

"Last night in Soho" and the British films that inspired it.

“Last Night in Soho” and the British films that inspired it.

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Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller “Last Night in Soho” has finally hit theaters in the United States. The film, starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya-Taylor Joy, had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival with rave reviews from IndieWire, which officially named it Critic’s Pick. The film marks a refreshing change for the director and co-writer of “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “Baby Driver”. Behind it is the trademark of hyperactive editing and persistent postmodernism. in its place flows movement and intense emotion. It is not just different from his previous films. it’s different from everyone else’s previous movies. “

Like all of Wright’s films, “Last Night in Soho” has a cinematic history that pulsates in its veins. The director is an excellent cinephile and has turned to many of his favorite British films since the 1960s for inspiration. With “Soho” now playing in theaters, we asked Wright to reveal some of the cinematic influences behind his latest vision. Wright returned to us with a list of 25 films that serve as a makeshift retrospective tour of 1960s British cinema.

Each of the following paragraphs is written by Wright himself. But first, let the director introduce you to his list of “Soho” inspirations. See what Wright has to say about the list:

These are 25 films from the 1960s that either somewhat inspired the seed of the idea for “Last Night in Soho” or that I watched during the development and writing of the film. They cover dramas, horrors, psychological thrillers and some documentaries (fake or otherwise) that I watched or re-watched to immerse myself in that era. Believe it or not, this is still an incomplete list, as I watched many, many more, but these 25 films include some that I shared with the cast and crew if they needed further inspiration beyond the script in terms of color. , costumes and hair, style of interpretation or just the glorious photo with a London time capsule as it was then.

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