Continuons le combat (Don't Give Up The Fight)

Pierre Falardeau

1971, 30:00 minutes, B&W, French & English version


The television footage of a wrestling match is employed as a metaphor of Quebec Society. In voice over, Falardeau proposes a compelling analysis of the structure of the ritual of wrestling: the good guy/underdog, the evil antagonist, the force of order, the desire of the crowd. It is a ritual of catharsis, vindication and release. Continuons le combat was produced in the aftermath of the October Crisis 1970 and the spirit of the tape is subtly charged with the bitter experience and political aspiration of the period in the history of Quebec.

Montage vidéo d'un fantastique ballet politique: des lutteurs au combat. Avec ses commentaires en voix hors champ. Falardeau propose une analyse politique et sociale de la signification du match de lutte pour la société québécoise. La lutte est vue ici comme un rituel qui s'adresse au spectateur, qui lui parle aux tripes et qui le fait passer à son insu de l'état de spectateur à celui d'acteur, en lui permettant de déverser son étouffante agressivité de citoyen opprimé.

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