In the opening of Jean-Luc Godard‘s film Pierrot le Fou (1965), Jean-Paul Belmondo reads from a book about the 17th Century Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. It describes Velázquez’s late paintings, the formal approach to his subjects (the royal family and their attendants) and the political environment at the time. It speaks of hopelessness and malaise, and out of touch political leaders. This ode serves as a reflection of today’s malaise born from an uncontested hyper capitalism, the political face of which begins with Ronald Reagan and has its spectacular flowering under George W. Bush in late 2008.
Director/Editor/Sound: Peter Wareing
Camera: Peter Wareing/Stuart Shepherd