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Walked the Way Home

Eric Baudelaire

France, Italy, 2018
26 minutes, Colour, Stereo, 16:9
Original format: HD video

In the 1980s and 1990s, soldiers started appearing on the streets of Paris and other French cities, in public spaces, at regular intervals. It was part of “Operation Pirate Vigil” and it usually lasted a few months after a terrorist attack occurred, then the soldiers disappeared until the next attack. In 2015, they appeared in great numbers (“Operation Reinforced Pirate Vigil”) and stayed a while. They are still around, three years on. These are short videos that I shot on my way home from the studio in Paris. I kept the habit of filming around my studio and my home when I moved to Rome. Then I met Alvin Curran, an American musician who has been living in Rome since the 1960s. His 1973 song « Walked the Way Home » inspired me to edit these images into a little film, titled after Alvin’s song.