We are in Place Vendôme, in the center of the French capital, Paris.
Among the lighting columns and historic buildings we stand out "The Vendôme Column", a spiralling bas-relief bronze column that is dedicated to the victorious soldiers of Austerlitz (1805). At its top, after many changes, is a statue of Napoleon, as Roman emperor. We continue with shots from the “Peace Street” (Rue de la Paix), in front of the window of the famous British jewellery chain Mappin & Webb.
Afterwards, the filmmaker spends the rest of the film at the Pompidou Centre or simply Beaubourg, due to its location, which opened its gates to the public in 1977, the year of the film’s shooting. This is the intellectual child of French President Georges Pompidou, who wanted to create an original cultural institution in the heart of Paris, focusing on contemporary art. Today, it houses the Bibliothèque publique d'information (Public Information Library) and the National Museum of Modern Art (Musée National d'Art Moderne).
The design of the Pompidou Center is a completely opposite architectural proposal, as it is made of steel and glass, which found its place in the oldest district of Paris.
The filmmaker gives us general and close-up shots with details of the Center, such as levels, columns, beam sheds, ventilation tubes, public access points, views of the pedestrians and vehicles on the streets that surround the building and a panoramic view on one side of its metal frame.