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Reason Over Passion - DVD

Canada / 1:23:40 / 1969 / sound / colour

Taking Pierre Elliot Trudeau's motto "reason over passion" as a starting point, La raison avant la passion (Reason Over Passion) is an impressionistic view of Canada from coast-to-coast. Computer generated combinations of the letters of the title are superimposed over scenes of the passing Canadian ladscape, intercut with footage of Trudeau shot at the 1968 Liberal leadership convention.

"Joyce Wieland's films are among the most endearing I have ever seen, making her point and sealing the issue in a womanly way without any concern for ragged edges. La Raison Avant la Passion is a whirlwind view of Canada with an anti-dialectical premise." - Douglas Pringle, ArtsCanada

"Reason Over Passion... is Joyce Wieland's major film so far. With its many eccentricities, it is a glyph of her artistic personality; a lyric vision tempered by an aggressive form and a visionary patriotism mixed with ironic self parody. It is a film to be seen many times." - P. Adams Sitney, Film Culture

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