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84 Ratings

Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques?

China, France, 1973
Avant-Garde, Action


The proletarians enlist their dialectics and radical subjectivity to fight their oppressors whilst the bureaucrats defend themselves using a combination of co-optation and violence. The film is noted for its humorous approach to this serious subject matter.

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Can Dialectics Break Bricks? Directed by René Viénet, Tu Kuang-chi

Critics reviews

The reappropriating and recontextualizing of a work that already exists is the aspect of Can Dialectics Break Bricks? that makes it most interesting and relevant today, aesthetically as well as politically, because it raises the thorny issue of to whom cinema, film criticism, and film history belong.
February 20, 1997
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