A Saturday night in 1957 in Piccadilly Circus. Londoners are looking for a good time.
For 25 nights, Alain Tanner and his accomplice Claude Goretta immerse themselves, on behalf of the British Film Institute, in the nightlife at the most famous junction in the British Empire.
In the middle of the crowd gathered on the heaving pavements, their telephoto lens captures the bodies getting closer and the looks that are exchanged. Superimposed onto these details is a desynchronised soundtrack combining dialogue from box-office films, background noise and jazz. Little by little, the street hawkers also emerge, along with a statue of the God of Love dethroned by the neon lights of giant advertising signs, and “bobbies” who supervise the flow of traffic and people, and evacuate the drunks, so that, through the lens of these young Swiss filmmakers making their first movie, we see that the apparent disorder of the night does not escape the rule of money and the State.
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