Trained Sinologist René Viénet was expelled from China in 1966 for his anti-Maoist sentiments and so, perhaps, revenge was on his mind when he paired the pulp martial arts film Crush with dialogs of New Left critique-speak and radical bafflegab, but the results are hilarious. Can Dialectics Break Bricks?(1973) is a Shaolin détournement of epic contortions. Will the sadistic bureaucrats prevail, or can a lone proletarian hero defeat them, armed only with his radical subjectivity? Or are revolutions simply engineered for the hijacking, just as any good crime spree must end in a hail of bullets? (Watch the whole thing at UbuWeb to find out.)
Man #1: They’ve alienated yet another proletarian.
Man #2: Another one lost.
Hero: What’s going on?
Man #1: This one just became a union rep.
Man #2: As soon as he did, he repressed a wildcat strike, just before buying a TV on credit.
Woman: It’s sad. These bastards – suppose we burnt off the hair under their arms.
This is the most subversive fun on film I’ve encountered since WR: Mysteries of the Organism. Pair them both with Guerilla: the taking of Patty Hearst and GG Allin – Hated (view at your own risk) and you’ve got yourself a heck of drive-in dusk-to-dawn line up.
Can Dialectics Break Bricks?
Old Man: “Certain people say in speaking of revolution…”
Man #1: Lies and Trotskyoid lies at that!
Townsfolk: He’s right!
Man #2: And it’s done all the better to fuck us over.
Old Man: Now that’s the important point. Comrades, what do you say of this foolishness?
Townsfolk: [awkward silence]
Old Man: And you, Comrade, tell us a bit about it.
Woman: Yes, this shit originates in the stupid and obtuse Leninism of Trotsky. But let’s not be too cruel to the grandfather of bureaucracy. It’s so archaic.
Old Man: Yes, very archaic. And just when will this eruption of the end take place? Dialectical reason thunders in its crater.
Little Boy: Hey girlie, you ever read “Philosophy in the Boudoir” by the divine Marquis Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, comrade of the Picques Section?
Woman: [looks forlorn]
Little Boy: What’s wrong, darling?
Woman: The French edition is out of print – has been for a long, long time.
Little Boy: No, no. Champ Libre’s going to reprint it in their “Classics of Subversion” series.
Little Boy: Why don’t you leave me alone for once?
Little Girl: Why so nasty? Don’t be like that. What have I ever done to you anyway?
Little Boy: You’ve kept your illusions about Castro. You’re retarded. Leave me the fuck alone.
- quotations lifted from IMDb
Via Dangerous Minds