Arts Sweeney Todd’s London
posted by December 13 at 16:30 PMon
Tim Burton’s new film has few minor problems in the historical accuracy department. Londoners have noted that Big Ben, pictured in the above publicity still, wasn’t constructed until 1856. Which would be roughly fifty years after Tim Burton’s new film is set. But Big Ben isn’t in the film, just this one publicity image, which was pulled after the the inaccuracy was brought to the attention of the filmmakers.
But the film opens with a shot of a ship sailing up (or down?) the River Thames—right under a “not fully finished” Tower Bridge, according to the book about the film. Construction didn’t begin on Tower Bridge until 1886, and it wasn’t finished in 1894, which would be somewhere between eighty or ninety years after the Sweeney Todd is set.
The ship moves past Tower Bridge and toward St. Paul’s cathedral—anyone know if that’s the direction a ship sailing into London would take on its way into town?