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Crack, Brutal Grief

Crack, Brutal Grief

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Crack, Brutal Grief came in response to the tragic suicide of the filmmaker's friend, an event that led him to a formative encounter with the grotesque imagery of the early Internet. In response to this inhumanity, the artist poses an alchemical possibility, to confront and raise debased images of death, exploitation and suffering to the full dignity of sorrow, in the process achieving catharsis.

R. Bruce Elder is one of Canada's most celebrated experimental filmmakers and critics. His films have assumed the form of the epic, after Pound. They reflect an exhaustive tour of history, philosophy and vision, a quality that led Jonas Mekas to call him "the most important North American avant-garde filmmaker to emerge during the 1980s." In Crack, Brutal Grief, Elder brings that critical acumen to bear on the age of the Internet.

First pressing, limited edition of 1000.

2000 / 130 minutes / colour / stereo / 1.37:1AR


  • Newly restored digital master from the film’s elements, approved by director R. Bruce Elder

  • Commentary by R. Bruce Elder and film historian Stephen Broomer

  • Raising Grief to Song, a new interview with R. Bruce Elder

  • A Harrowing of Image, a new video essay by Broomer

  • Liner notes by intellectual historian Christian Roy

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