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 was 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 subtitles, 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 could mainly be encountered 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 using digitally rotoscoped moving watercolours. Alongside this all-new version, we also present a screening of the restored version of La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques?

Viénet's new animated version screens on Thu 30 Jan and Fri 31 Jan.

Filmmaker
René Viénet
Country
Hong Kong, France
Year
1973
Medium
Digital
Length
90’
Language
French
Producer
Yeo ban Yee
Production Company
Yangtze Films
Sales
Editions René Viénet