A film featuring a sequence of still images of the French Communist Party Headquarters building in Paris designed by Oscar Niemeyer, completed in 1972. The images, shots moving from the left of building across to the right and back again, both wide angle shots and close up details, are juxtaposed with subtitles describing the happenings of an average working day of a Londoner, newspaper headlines and quotes by and about Niemeyer, his work and his thoughts. The film questions overarching structural systems, and the macro and micro political relationships that occur daily to people regardless of their geographical location. –Hors Pistes
life in a capitalist nation.. hm, how about life in a Gulag-producing/maintaining/ever-upgrading nation? i think this lame opposition between the petty interests and daily miseries of a clerk in the ruined, heartless world of capitalism vs. the "great, selfless ideals of communism" has been overrated since the days of Maiakovsky. Did Niemeyer ever execute a project for free?His populist remarks on freedom and overall
Although it is disorienting at the beginning, since its narrative is not at all what is expected, the subtleties of the architecture, the slow-paced changes and subtitled narrative collectively act as a symbol of the dreariness and monotony that life in a capitalist nation can be full of.