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Pierre Falardeau and Julien Poulin’s video work is now available online!
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Pierre Falardeau (1946-2009), Vidéographe has made his video anthology Falardeau\Poulin – À force de courage available online.
Initially issued as a DVD boxset in 2003, this compilation brings together 11 titles made between 1971 and 1995, including the renowned Continuons le combat (1971), Pea Soup (1978) and Le temps des bouffons (1993). You’ll even find Elvis Gratton, Président du Comité des intellectuels pour le non !
“Between the former anthropology student fascinated by the power of the image (Falardeau) and the debutant actor captivated by the possibilities of sound (Poulin), the material for a body of work rooted in social observation, political condemnation and the struggle for independence was swiftly woven.” Georges Privet
Falardeau started out at Vidéographe in the early 1970s, where he became Production Director. After making his first solo creation, Continuons le combat, about the mythology of wrestling, he teamed up with a college friend, Julien Poulin, to make a series of rebellious and socially engaged works that addressed the war in Algeria (À force de courage), police training (Le magra), contemporary art (Les Canadiens sont là), and, of course, contemporary Quebec (Speak White, Pea Soup). These videos have stood the test of time and shed an exceptional light on the videomakers’ ideas and aesthetics.
In 2009, the main work space in Vidéographe was named Salle Pierre Falardeau. Pierre Falardeau and Julien Poulin will both be made honorary members of the organization.