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Passport To Pimlico

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In the British comedy film Passport To Pimlico (Ealing Studios, 1948), residents of post-war London discover a ancient parchment showing that Pimlico, a small area in London, is in fact independent from Britain. It is part of the ancient Dukedom ofBurgundy", granted to the last Duke in the Middle Ages. A Frenchman comes forward, stating that he is descended from the Duke, and to claim his rights. Pimlico declares independence and becomes a micronation.

Margaret Rutherford, Stanley Holloway and Hermione Baddeley star under Henry Cornelius's direction.

The script is by T.E.B. Clarke and demonstrates his usual logical development of absurd ideas. Filmed at about the time of the Berlin Blockade, some scenes where the residents of the new nation are refused passage out of their district into London by the authorities, and rely on supplies thrown over the dividing wall by well-wishers, were very topical at the time.

A BBC Radio 4 adaptation was broadcast on January 20, 1996.

A comparison can be made with the case of Seborga, an equally fictional entity, coterminous with a village in Italy.

See Also

sv:Biljett till Burgund

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