Malcolm Rogge

2004, 04:30 minutes, Colour


An excellent example of transit-friendly “super 8” folk art with influences from socialist realism, German expressionism and Velaszquez's “Vulcan Blacksmith Shop.” This experiment pays tribute to the men and women who get down and dirty while laying fresh streetcar tracks for middle-class city-dwellers.

Construction workers have never looked so glamourous on film - the soft orange glow of reflective vests; gleaming yellow hard hats; men in overalls with giant sledge hammers. Perhaps they are angels who have come from heaven? Rubens had similar visions in his time…

Rolling down College Street on brand new rails is like floating downstream in a canoe with Pierre Trudeau; or like sailing high over Labrador in a state-supported Airbus A350.

The music: “They Like to Travel” was recorded in Winnipeg by a band of merry troubadours--The Richard Moody Band. Moody's composition evokes his own style of wanderlust.

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