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posted 29 April 2003 10:34 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Strangely, the Front de libération du Québec doesn't figure largely in Canadian arts and letters. The late Brian Moore wrote a Truman Capote-style novel, The Revolution Script, about the kidnappings, in 1971, but it has long been out of print. Robert Lepage's satirical 1998 film Nô, which juxtaposed bumbling FLQ terrorists with an amateurish troop of Montreal actors staging a Feydeau farce in Japan, won a prize for the best Canadian film at the Toronto International Film Festival, but didn't make a major a commercial impact.

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Oddly enough, as I lay wide eyed in the dark, staring at the TV wondering if at any point between now and the time my alarm goes off that I might actually do the thing normal people tend to do at these hours and fall asleep, this movie, Nô, happened to be one of the two movies I watched last night. 'Twas on the good ol' Communist Broadcasting Corporation station (or as the bungling FLQ writer may have called it, the fascist propaganda channel) . I thought it was a great movie, quite funny… a Canadian cultural product that actually was distinctly Canadian and interesting (and of course it was commercially unsuccessful, what self respecting red blooded Anglo imperialist would sit through a movie with subtitles?).

The movie I watched afterwards, Heat, seemed so mundane in comparison. Cold blooded heist experts... so original. Some annoying, know-it-all detective (is it just me or does anyone else laugh when Pachino raises his voice?)... interesting characters. I suppose I can understand why Manley would prefer to support films like Heat but not something like Nô.


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posted 29 April 2003 10:43 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A (presumably FLQ) terrorist character features prominently in Leonard Cohen's Beautiful Losers. Themes connected to this subject loom in the works of Hubert Acquin and in a lot of 1960s Quebec poetry.

But I wouldn't describe any of the above as "pop culture".


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posted 29 April 2003 10:45 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No... but there is "arts" section... so I just truncate the forum as "culture".
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posted 29 April 2003 10:52 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Indeed. Why not rename this forum "arts and culture"? By keeping arts, in the plural, it would make clear that it refers to pop culture, alternative culture, high Kultur, whatever... I always wonder where to post stuff on the arts...

(Edited because I gave in and took an antihistamine for hayfever - and am VERY stoned ... skipping words).

[ 29 April 2003: Message edited by: lagatta ]


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posted 29 April 2003 10:58 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Haha.. I'm stone cold sober and I just realized I skipped a word in my second post…
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posted 29 April 2003 11:00 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I wish I was stoned on something a tad more interesting than antihistamines!
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posted 30 April 2003 12:28 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Tangentially related to this thread (since I made a reference to it above), I'd like to post this, Explaining Cancon cuts to our American cousins, which is partially about some kid in Texas that would like to be a journalist in Canada(!):
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With all of this in mind, I perused tonight's offerings on TV. If my young correspondent were to come to Canada he would find, in fact, that tonight's TV is exactly what he'd get in the United States. Same channels, same shows and, it seems, not a bit of Canadian content airing anywhere.

The column begins with this, which might be of interest, too:

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As constant readers will know, it is with some trepidation that I open the mail from the United States. I am likely to be called a Saddam Ass-Kisser or something equally pithy with the word "ass" inevitably involved.

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posted 30 April 2003 12:38 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
And then there was the drama "Yesterday the Children Were Dancing" (original title: Hier, les enfants dansaient) by Gaétan Gélinas, 1966. http://www.anansi.ca/titles.cfm?series_id=7&pub_id=127 I really have to think back to ancient history, this theme is a bit shopworn to us. A more recent film on the FLQ kidnappings and the War Measures Act was Octobre.
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posted 30 April 2003 02:54 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm kinda surprised that there isn't more stuff on this. (or, maybe, I'm just not aware of it). Maybe English Canada just thinks the October Crisis is a Quebec thing (two solitudes and all).
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