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Can Dialectics Break Bricks? || Mar 29
by Lucy Parsons Center Radical Film Night
Email: films (nospam) lucyparsons.org
27 Mar 2006
Free Screening: Can Dialectics Break Bricks?
7pm, Wednesday, March 29, 2006
at the Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Ave (in the South End)
1973 film produced by French Situationist René Viénet. The Situationists only contributed the sound track over the original Kung fo film,which is their method of detournement.The concept and motivation of this film is of adapting bourgeois films into ‘radical critiques’ of cultural hegemony and thus into tools of Subversive revolutionaries ideals.
The Narrative is based on a conflict between the proletarian and bureaucrats within state capitalism. The proletarians enlist their dialectics and radical subjectivity to fight their oppressors while the bureaucrats defend themselves by trying to buy off the skilled dialecticians and violence. The film uses many types of humour from sarcasm and puns to cruder jokes but is overall quite effective.
The film contains many references to revolutionaries who thought and fought for the realisations of a post-capitalists world, including Marx, Bakunin and Wilhelm Reich. Also Subplots dealing with issues of gender equality, alienation, trade unionism,May 1968 and the Situationist themselves are riddled throughout the film.
April 5 – Simple Men (1992)
Directed by Hal Hartley
Bill McCabe, a vaguely misogynistic ne'er-do-well who has just been double-crossed by his girlfriend during a heist, is reunited with his younger and more reserved brother Dennis on a quest for their father. Along the way they encounter a lonely bar owner with whom Bill falls in love, an epileptic young woman with a big secret, a psychotic ex-husband, a bitter sheriff, and several other colorful characters. This "road movie with a twist" aims to explore men's attitudes toward both women and themselves.
April 12 - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (also titled Chavez: Inside the Coup)
2002 documentary about the April 2002 attempted coup d'état in which Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was briefly deposed.
A television crew from Ireland's Radio Telifís Éireann happened to be recording a documentary about Chávez at the time when the coup broke out. Shifting focus, they then proceeded to follow the events as they occurred. During their filming, the crew recorded images of the events that contradicted explanations given by anti-Chávez campaigners, the opposition-controlled private media, the US State Department, and then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. Their conclusion is that the coup was the result of a much larger conspiracy between various old guard, anti-Chávez factions within both Venezuela and the United States.
The film has won awards at many of the film festival screenings where it was shown. It has been widely debated among both supporters and critics of the Venezuelan government. According to some critics and members of the Venezuelan opposition, the film omits (or misrepresents) important events, such as the resignation of Chávez publicly announced by General in Chief Lucas Rincón Romero.
Supporters of the Chávez administration and of the film claim that there has been intimidation by anti-Chávez groups and attempts to have the documentary quashed. They argue the events are in fact correctly portrayed in the documentary. Further it is claimed that Gustavo Cisneros was involved with the coup and behind attempts to quash the film.
April 19 – Burn! (Queimada) (1969)
The professional British mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to deal with the same rebels that he built up because they have seized to much power that now threatens British sugar interests.
April 26 – The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein
Directed by John Gianvito
Director will be present for the screening!!
Made over six years on a minsicule budget with a cast of nonprofessionals, The Mad Songs of Fernada Hussein melds fiction and documentary to examine the lasting ramifications of the 1991 Persian Gulf War on three characters in New Mexico. The Fernanda Hussein of the title is a Mexican American mother separated from her Arab husband whose children are targeted due to anti-Iraqi sentiments. Interwoven are two other stories, one following a young teenage boy, adrift in his anger, struggling to find a way to affect change; the other, the story of a returning veteran (portrayed by a Gulf war veteran) indelibly marked by what he’s witnessed and participated in.
“ My goal was to try to create a time-capsule of what it felt like to be in America during that period, to preserve as best possible the memories I had of that time, with the hope of encouraging reflection.” (John Gianvito)
May 3 - Punishment Park (1971)
Directed by Peter Watkins
"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types across the desert in a type of capture the flag game. The soldiers vow not to interfere with the rebels' progress and merely shepherd them along to their destination. At that point, having obtained their goal, they will be released. The film crew's coverage is meant to insure that the military's intentions are honorable. As the representatives of the 60's counter-culture get nearer to passing this arbitrary test, the soldiers become increasingly hostile, attempting to force the hippies out of their pacifist behavior. A lot of this film appears improvised and in several scene real tempers seem to flare as some of the "acting" got overaggressive. This is a interesting exercise in situational ethics. The cinema-veritie style, hand-held camera, and ambiguous demands of the director - would the actors be able to maintain their roles given the hazing they were taking - pushed some to the brink. The cast's emotions are clearly on the surface. Unfortunately this film has gone completely underground and is next to impossible to find. It would offer a captivating document of the distrust that existed between soldiers willfully serving in the military and those persons who opposed the war peacefully.
May 10 – Love and Anarchy (1973)
Tells the story of a shy country peasant who goes to the city with a plan to assassinate Benito Mussolini. Shows how his underground contact in the network of anarchists offers him a hideout in her brothel where he meets a young prostitute and falls in love.
Radical Film Night at the Lucy Parsons Center
Every Wednesday night at 7pm
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Lucy Parsons Center
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Boston's South End
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By train/public transportation: Take the Orange Line to the Mass Ave. stop, or the Green "E" line to the Symphony stop. Walk south on Mass Ave for a minute or two. Go left onto Columbus Avenue for 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.
By bus:Take the #1 Dudley/Mass Ave bus to the corner of Columbus Avenue and Mass Ave. Walk east on Columbus Avenue 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.
By car, from Storrow Drive:Exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximatley five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.
From I-93 N or S:Take the Storrow Drive exit. Continue 1-2 minutes on Storrow and exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximatley five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.
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Re: Can Dialectics Break Bricks? || Mar 29
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01 Apr 2006
Dialectics may not be able to break bricks, but a good fart can clear a room.