Vienet, Rene. Chinois, Encore un Effort pour Etre Revolutionnaires (Peking Duck Soup) [FILM POSTER]. n.p. [Paris]: n.p. [Film des Iles], n.d. [1977]. 56 x 41 cm. ; ill. poster with text in black and red.

Original poster for Rene Vienet’s  third film, Chinois Encore Un Effort pour Etre Revolutionnaires (120 min; color; 35mm), released in 1977. The film title is a tongue-and-cheek reference to the pamphlet “Français, encore un effort si vous voulez être républicains”, which appears in the Marquis de Sade’s novel Philosophie dans le boudoir.

“Using official photographs, newsreels and other archival material, Peking Duck Soup presents an irreverent alternative view of the rise and fall of the Maoist dynasty (‘a social-Fascist dictatorship of the Feudal type’) based on Jean Pasqualini’s dictum in Prisoner of Mao that ‘in China it is the past that is unpredictable’. It was made… specifically to counter the sycophantic endorsements on film of the Cultural Revolution by Joris Ivens, Felix Green, Shirley Maclaine and others” (National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, Australia).

It is worth noting that an alternate version of the poster appears to exist. While our copy features the name and address of the cinema where the film was screened (Cinema Git-le-Coeur in Saint-Michel) on the bottom left hand corner, other copies appear to be missing this information. See http://www.causeur.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/chinois-encore-effort-revolutionnaires-223×300.jpg

Chinois encore un effort…was shown as part the Rene Vienet retrospective at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris from March 20 to May 22, 2015. To my knowledge, it had not been publicly screened since its release in the 1970s. The full-length feature is now available to all courtesy Ubuweb (http://www.ubu.com/film/vienet_chinois.html)

We locate a single copy om OCLC (Bibliotheque Nationale de France)

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