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Patriotism, Part I

Directed by Joyce Wieland
Canada, 1964 (avant-garde, 4 minutes, colour)
Also known as "Patriotism 1"

Film Description:
"[Joyce] Wieland's kinetic romp [Patriotism, Part I] casts David Shackman as an overexposed sleeper dogged by a patriotic march of tube steaks that finally refigures him as our most familiar icon of freedom."
-- Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (source)

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Quotes about Patriotism, Part I

"Patriotism, Part One depicts an army of phallic, bun-clad wieners marching on a vulnerable sleeping white male body, naked save for a sheet. [...] In this light-hearted, and by early twenty-first-century standards hackneyed, allegory of US neo-imperialism, the hot dog is not just a sign of US culture passively consumed by Canadians, but rather a phallic sign of a penetrating US multinational capitalism."
-- Christopher Gittings (source)

"[Joyce] Wieland once called this her 'hot dog film' and downplayed it as a 'technically bad' experiment in animation. But as an early product of her New York years (1963-71, during which Wieland says she became increasingly politicized as a Canadian nationalist and as a woman faced with the often overt sexism of her male colleagues in the avant-garde), the film gestures toward a view of the male body as a complex, vulnerable site, criss-crossed by power and inscribed with the marks of gendered national identity."
-- Lee Parpart (source)

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