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Requiem For Detroit


Requiem For Detroit

This is the opening scene from the highly acclaimed BBC Documentary that I had the pleasure of working on in 2009. This is a brilliant film that takes a look at Detroit over the past 100 years of growth and decline. Through interviews and accounts with Detroit residents the glory days of the city are recounted and the horrors of today exposed.source vimeo.com

BBC Documentary: Requiem For Detroit from Logan Siegel on Vimeo.



thank you battleskin88 for originally contributing the full doc. 03/25/2010
When the film- maker Roger Graef approached me last year to make a film about the rise and fall of Detroit I had very few preconceptions about the place. Like everyone else, I knew it as the Motor City, one of the great epicentres of 20th-century music, and home of the American automobile. Only when I arrived in the city itself did the full-frontal cultural car crash that is 21st-century Detroit became blindingly apparent.
Leaving behind the gift shops of the “Big Three” car manufacturers, the Motown merchandise and the bizarre ejaculating fountains of the now-notorious international airport, things become stranger and stranger. The drive along eerily empty ghost freeways into the ruins of inner-city Detroit is an Alice-like journey into a severely dystopian future. Passing the giant rubber tyre that dwarfs the nonexistent traffic in ironic testament to the busted hubris of Motown’s auto-makers, the city’s ripped backside begins to glide past outside the windows.

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