Patriotism, Part I
Canada, 1964 (avant-garde, 4 minutes, colour)
Also known as
"[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
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
"[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
Bibliography for Patriotism, Part I
Brief Sections of Books
Gittings, Christopher E. Canadian National Cinema: Ideology, Difference and Representation. London: Routledge, 2002.
Parpart, Lee. "Cowards, Bullies, and Cadavers: Feminist Re-Mappings of the Passive Male Body in English-Canadian and Québécois Cinema."
In Gendering the Nation: Canadian
Women's Cinema, edited by Kay Armatage, Kass Banning, Brenda Longfellow, and Janine Marchessault. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.
Parpart, Lee Anne. "Tube Steaks and Tiny Men, or Feminist Remappings of the Colonial Male Body in Patriotism I and II and La Vie Rêvée."
In "Nostalgic Nationalisms and the Spectacle of the Male Body in Canadian and Québécois Cinema," 78-125. M.F.A. diss., York University, 1997.