OK, for those who have seen the film, the graffiti you see Oliver doing is, to me, influenced by the humorous political graffiti that was part of the riots and general upheaval of the May 68 riots in Paris. When I was writing his character, it helped me understand him to say to myself, “Ok, he’s seen that graffiti, and the graffiti they do in a Godard film like One Plus One so that’s what he thinks he’s doing when he’s out on the street. It seems maybe obvious, and definitely a small point, but it actually told me a ton about him. For those who are interested in more of this, there is a beautiful new book documenting the posters and graffiti of this moment. Its title is taken from one of the posters (of someone throwing a brick – see below) “The Beauty Is In The Streets.”
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