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The Underground Festival at the Elgin Theater, La Raison Avant La Passion, Cat Food, and 1933

At the Underground Festival that ran night and day in late December at the Elgin Theater, Snow’s films were pure reflective intelligence within an exacting, hard-nosed compositional system. The direct opposite is a random, hit-and-miss quality in Joyce Wieland’s La Raison Avant La Passion, a veritable pasture of expansive landscape imagery. The film is divided into three sections, a green section of the East. Coast, then a middle which is an ode to Trudeau (mostly Canadian flags and hot orange-red-pink face shots) and lastly an extraordinary white endlessness of snowscape. With its dry middle tone color, enough landscape texture for eighty Fitzgerald travelogues, and a straight-to-the-point, brisk camera eye that always runs far ahead of the transitory abstract insertions that try to hold the imagery in place, La Raison Avant La Passion is a clutter of love for Canada, done in the nick of

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