Despite the both ridiculous but still disturbing content of this 1968 Jean-Luc Godard film, The Ruinist seemed restless until all the London locations where Eve Democracy (Anne Wiazemsky) sprays up political slogans could be traced and visited. Over two of our leisure days, we walked and ate our way around the environs of Battersea, Putney, Chelsea and Hyde Park to bring you the almost definitive guide to these historical sites of revolutionary graffiti:
The first spraying was hard to find as we assumed it was made inside a room of The Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. After walking around with our handy One Plus One Spotter Card, we finally figured out that this bit was filmed in what is now the Metropolitan Hotel next door in Old Park Lane, W1. Lacking the cash to book this room, we had to make do with a less than similar ground level shot of what the view now looks like.
This was a tricky one but we found it! 271 New King's Rd, Hammersmith, London SW6.
This building is 45 Cadogan St, Kensington, London SW3 but the film was shot round the corner in Halsey St.
'FBI + CIA = TWA + PAN-AM'
The scene of where black militants read from various radical black authors (most pointedly Eldridge Cleaver's 'Soul on Ice' section where he describes the tension between black menial supermasculinity and white omnipotent administrators) in a car breaker's yard right by Battersea Train Bridge. This has now gone and the site is a new development called Groveside Court, 4 Lombard Rd, Wandsworth, London SW11 and a Thames riverside walkway too. The initial graffiti (not put up by Eve) is later sprayed over with the 'Panthers'.
This little street is off King's Rd. The shot was made at the junction of Shalcomb St and Lamont Rd, Kensington, London SW10
Our hero Eve and 41 one years later our Ruinist Team Player at Cheyne Walk, Kensington, London SW3 looking towards Albert Bridge
A wonderful building still to be found at 47 Hurlingham Rd, Hammersmith, London SW6.
SLOGANS THAT GOT AWAY!!
Yes, it was impossible even with out super Ruinist brain powers to locate these sites. The car one we think is in Hyde Park and the other one we reckon was filmed around Sands End, probably sites that are now covered by the monstrous Chelsea Harbour development. There are also two more slogans in the film - one on an advert hoarding and one outside some prefabs. Any ideas yourselves?
The creepy porn store episode was shot on location at Plus Books, 224 Norwood Rd, Lambeth, London SE27.
The site of the footage of the Rolling Stones was Olympic Studios,117 Church Rd, Richmond, London SW13.
Here are some of the delightful cafes we visited in the making of this production:
Mona Lisa, 417 King's Road London SW10. Excellent beans, egg and chips in this Italian. A bowl of Trifle was also consumed.
The Tea Hut, Battersea Park. Two teas please! Note: The Spotter Card ready for consultation.
Parisienne Cafe, 225 Lavender Hill, London, SW11 1JR. Top quality Veggie Breakfast and one Cheese Omelette and Chip w/Salad!
One of the Team fell off the toilet early in the morning but despite the damage was up and willing for this most correct of adventures.