Wrestling (1961 film)

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Wrestling (Original French title: La lutte) is a 1961 documentary film about professional wrestling in Montreal, co-directed by Michel Brault, Marcel Carrière, Claude Fournier and Claude Jutra.

Wrestling was shot in the Montreal Forum, where major bouts were staged, as well as wrestling parlors where would be wrestlers learned and practiced their craft.[1]

The filmmakers had intended to make a film exposing, in slow motion, the fakery of professional wrestling, until a chance encounter with French philosopher Roland Barthes changed their minds. Barthes was appalled by what they were planning to do, and spoke urgently about the beauty and social role of pro wrestling in the lives of ordinary people. Persuaded by Barthes, the filmmakers set out to make a film that captured the spectacle of the sport, without judging it.[2]

The film shows the wrestling arena to be a sort of modern day shrine, with wrestling and its rituals taking the place of religion in the then-recently secularized Quebec.[3]

Wrestling was produced by Jacques Bobet for the French program branch of the National Film Board of Canada.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Wrestling". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Brault, Michel (2008). "Michel Brault: La Lutte (A Chance Encounter That Changed an Idea)". Excerpt from Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (in French and English). National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Totaro, Donato (2001-07-30). "La Lutte". In Peter Harry Rist. Guide to the cinema(s) of Canada. Greenwood Press. p. 132. ISBN 0-313-29931-5. 

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