La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques? (restored version)

René Viénet

IFFR 2020

The Tyger Burns

  • 90'
  • Hong Kong
  • 1973

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.

René Viénet
Countries of production
Hong Kong, France
Production Year
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Yeo ban Yee
Production Company
Yangtze Films
Editions René Viénet