In 1972/73, sinologist & situationist René Viénet bought the rights to Tú Guāngqǐ's 1972 martial-arts movie Crush. Creative subtitling turned it into a burlesque comedy about daft French Maoists and street-smart Anarcho-Syndicalists. It became an instant success on its very limited first run. Then, a second version was made: the film was dubbed using the dialogues Viénet wrote for the subs, with a few congenial changes by the actors.

Time passed, La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques? vanished from circulation, turning slowly into a half-remembered avant-garde myth whose distorted reality one could mainly encounter online in ultra-crappy compression. While digitally restoring his legacy and thinking about new projects after decades of silence, Viénet decided to make a third version by means of digitally rotoscoped moving watercolours! We proudly present the return of La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques? both in the rotoscopic and restored dubbed versions.

Viénet's original version screens on Wed 29 Jan.

Filmmaker
René Viénet
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Hong Kong, France
Year
2020
Medium
Digital
Length
90’
Language
French
Producer
Yeo ban Yee
Production Company
Yangtze Films
Sales
Editions René Viénet