• Short Summary

    In big cities around the world today, it seems that wherever there's a blank wall someone wants to paint on it.

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    1.
    MV EXTERIOR: people emerging from subway exit at St. Augustin underground railway station, Paris, France.
    0.05

    2.
    MVs INTERIOR: people studying paintings on underground walls. (6 shots)
    0.32

    3.
    SVs: artists working on paintings. (3 shots)
    0.45

    4.
    MVs: people watching from underground train (2 shots)
    0.53

    5.
    MVs: painters working on paintings. ( 3 shots)
    1.09

    6.
    GV: artists at work
    1.12



    Initials RH/WLW/DK/0255



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In big cities around the world today, it seems that wherever there's a blank wall someone wants to paint on it. Underground railway stations are perhaps the most hard-hit when it comes to graffiti artists defacing them - usually with crude and vulgar obscenities.

    SYNOPSIS: The Metro underground railway in Paris, France, is no exception, it suffers from the same amount of hit-and-run message painters that deface other underground systems elsewhere. But now the urge to paint on a wall has become recognised by Paris railway authorities -- who are conducting experiments in allowing artists to express their feelings in public. Nine painters were chosen to decorate the central station of St. Augustin -- working in full view of the public, and allowed to give full vent to their creativity. It was an unusual opportunity - and perhaps the works of free expression were better for being uninterupted by railway police.

    It may have seemed a strange sight - after all, people are usually arrested for doing this. But given authoritarian blessing, it's art nouveau. It's not all free licence - authorities being what they are, there were restrictions. The works had to be a standard size -- and completed in three days. But one might suppose the artists were grateful for not being chased off in the middle of expressing their finer feelings.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8E0LY9FEUXCRPM7CF9OLF23CO
    Media URN:
    VLVA8E0LY9FEUXCRPM7CF9OLF23CO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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