Can Dialectics Break Bricks?


La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques ?, in English, "Can Dialectics Break Bricks?", is a 1973 Situationist film produced by the French director René Viénet which explores the development of class conflict through revolutionary agitation against a backdrop of graphic kung-fu fighting.

For its visuals the film uses 1972 martial arts film Crush by Tu Guangqi, which tells the story of anti-colonialist revolt in Korea during the period of Japanese occupation. The source film was dubbed over by the filmmakers as an example of détournement. Viénet's intention was to adapt a "spectacular" film typical of the film industry to the purposes of a radical critique of cultural hegemony and thus an expression of subversive revolutionary ideals.

The narrative focuses on a conflict between proletarians and bureaucrats within state capitalism. The proletarians enlist their grasp of dialectics in the fight against their oppressors, while the bureaucrats defend themselves using a combination of co-optation and violence.

The film also contains numerous celebratory references to socialists, including Marx, Bakunin, and Wilhelm Reich, as well as scathing criticism directed toward the French Communist Party, trade unionism and Maoism. Subplots dealing with issues of gender equality, alienation, the Paris Commune, May 1968 and situationist politics itself are riddled throughout the film.

Quelle: Wikipedia(englisch)
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La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques ?
Can Dialectics Break Bricks?
IMDB: 257
Regie:René Viénet
Darsteller:Dominique Collignon-Maurin
Jacques Thébault
Michèle Grellier
Patrick Dewaere
Roland Giraud
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