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How ‘Last Night in Soho’ Tackles the “Dangerous” Side of Nostalgia

Director Edgar Wright offers a decidedly dark take on swinging-’60s London in his latest thriller: “The further you get away from a decade, the ore tendency there is to romanticize it.”

Of all the major titles heading to the 2021 BFI London Film Festival, there’s one feature that stands out as perhaps the most perfectly selected in the lineup: Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho.

Were it not for the fact that the festival’s main gala screening venue moved this year from its traditional base in Soho’s Leicester Square to the Royal Festival Hall on the banks of the Thames, audiences watching the U.K. premiere of Wright’s time-twisting thriller could literally have left the cinema and turned straight into the famed neighborhood where it was set and shot.

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