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René Viénet - Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (1973)

Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

Kun-fu film kojem su dodani titlovi sa situacionističko-marksističkim aforizmima o klasnoj borbi.

Martial Arts and Marxist aphorisms meet head on in René Viénet’s 1973Situationist ‘détournement’ of a chop-socky Kung Fu movie. Taking Doo Kwang Gee’s ‘The Crush’ Viénet replaced all the original dialogue with lines like “Afterwards… The Workers Councils will be realized in generalized self-management,” turning a tale of warring clans into an hilarious yet thought-provoking account of the proletariat’s struggle against the nefarious bourgeoisie. Their most fearsome weapon is not the Shaolin style but the awesome power of dialectics. A subversive blow struck against the ruling classes? Or a dopey prank? You decide. -

A Toast to the exploited: for the extermination of the exploiters!
"Imagine a kung fu flick in which the martial artists spout Situationist aphorisms about conquering alienation while decadent bureaucrats ply the ironies of a stalled revolution. This is what you'll encounter in René Viénet's's outrageous refashioning of a Chinese fisticuff film. An influential Situationist, Viénet's stripped the soundtrack from a run-of-the-mill Hong Kong export and lathered on his own devastating dialogue. . . . A brilliant, acerbic and riotous critique of the failure of socialism in which the martial artists counter ideological blows with theoretical thrusts from Debord, Reich and others. . . . Viénet's's target is also the mechanism of cinema and how it serves ideology."



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