New PDF release: Bruce McDonald's 'Hard Core Logo'

By Paul McEwan

Consistently ranked as one of the easiest Canadian videos of all time, punk-rock mockumentary Hard middle Logo (1996) files the last-ditch reunion travel of an getting older rock band led through vocalist Joe Dick (Hugh Dillon). good acquired by means of critics on the time of its unencumber, the movie keeps to get pleasure from a loyal overseas cult following.

This unique research of Hard middle Logo explores a few of the film's key subject matters, together with the accountability of documentary filmmakers to their topics, the improvement of shut male relationships, and the connection among artwork and trade in Canada, particularly for traveling musicians. Paul McEwan examines Hard middle Logo within the context of alternative diversifications of Michael Turner's 1993 novel of an identical identify, in addition to opposed to different motion pictures from McDonald's celebrated profession. that includes interviews with McDonald himself and others thinking about the movie, Bruce McDonald's ‘Hard center brand’ provides an enticing examine one in all Canada's so much mythologized movies.

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McDonald’s version of the story was darker than his, more ‘existential,’ but he loved it at the time and still does. His only complaint is about one of the side-effects of adaptation in general. Most people have had the experience of watching a film adaptation of a favourite book and realizing that their mental pictures of the story and the characters are being overwritten by the film’s images. Filmic images are so powerful that they tend to overwrite your own images forever, so that the lonely and hapless protagonist you have been picturing now looks forever like the Hollywood star who portrayed him or her on screen.

Obviously, he liked some of them more than others, but recognized that it was now someone else’s vision. McDonald’s version of the story was darker than his, more ‘existential,’ but he loved it at the time and still does. His only complaint is about one of the side-effects of adaptation in general. Most people have had the experience of watching a film adaptation of a favourite book and realizing that their mental pictures of the story and the characters are being overwritten by the film’s images.

Each work or interpretation succeeds or fails on its own terms, regardless of the form it takes, and each is a re-imagining of what came before. The fan fiction that imagines the beginning of Joe and Billy’s relationship or the consequences of Joe’s death, and the videos that fill in the gaps between looks and gestures, are all, in their own ways, essays on the original text. The second half of this book constitutes one more addition to this considerable and rich collection of essays, but first we must briefly consider McDonald’s work since Hard Core Logo, since much of it is a continuation of the ideas he developed in his road movie trilogy.

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