A Fugitive from the Future
In this witty silent film, “The Fugitive Futurist” by Gaston Quiribet made in 1924, a man sits on a bench and describes his invention - a machine that allows one to see “beyond the limits of ordinary life.” He shows the man various London landmarks through his box and they magically reveal the future. It’s intriguing to see footage of Trafalgar Square from almost 100 years ago. But it is even more entertaining to see concepts of the future blasting from the past - on how to improve Parliament, how to solve traffic, and how to revolutionise the methods of building. In this charming film, the low-fi special effects are strangely prophetic to the current day - and makes one wonder, what secrets does the future of the city hold?