美利堅帝國的衰亡
The Decline of American Empire
導演 Director:丹尼阿肯 Denys Arcand

加拿大 Canada | 1986 | 101 分鐘 min | 彩色 Colour | Bluray 法語、英語對白,英文字幕 In French, English with English subtitles

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七一吧(中環荷李活道67號)
Club 71 (Basement, 67 Hollywood Rd, Soho, Central)

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在美國影響下,魁北克也緊隨資本主義的尾巴,走進多元開放自由的時代,男女性紛紛為獨立自主搖旗吶喊,實質卻只為了穩定背後的集體利益與社會架構,文明的墮落會否因魁北克抗衡美帝的侵入而有所倖免?四男四女各成一對對,當中不乏魁北克省的大學教授,可說是社會進步的時代楷模。這邊廂,女士們在健身房一同健身運動,談婚姻論幸福、誇談性經驗、性解放;那邊廂,男士們在廚房準備晚餐,一邊高談存在主義、政治思想、性事與偷情經驗。但高論背後,暗藏與朋友的丈夫、妻子的朋友大搞複雜情慾關係的秘密。一切的價值信仰看似完美安好,有人卻拿起小刀,戳破婚姻幸福的假面,持刀者也不過是世俗凡人,看不過眼人人自欺,藉美滿婚姻來完成自我實現與想像,粉碎眾人心底渴望的幸福「美」夢與道德高潮。

Influenced by the United States of America, Quebec entered an era of diversity, openness and freedom with the development of capitalism, where the cries of men and women for independence and autonomy actually consolidate the interests of the collective and social institution. This tale ponders if Quebec would have escaped the fall of civilization if it has resisted the invasion of American imperialism. A group of four men and four women, among them university professors in Quebec – role models of social progress at the time – gather for dinner. As the ladies work out in the gym before dinner, they talk about marriage and happiness, boasting about their sexual conquests and liberalism; the men expound existentialism, political ideals, sex and affairs as they prepare food in the kitchen. Behind all that talk are secret rendezvous with a friend’s husband or the wife of another. While the values and beliefs they hold may be authentic, one of them - just as ordinary but unable to stand them self-deluding with the idea of being happily married as self-actualising - takes a knife and pierce the veil of marital bliss, bursting their bubble of that American dream of happily ever after and their delusion of moral grandeur.

1986康城影展國際影評人聯盟獎
FIPRESCI Awards, Cannes Film Festival 1986

1987加拿大金尼奬最佳電影、最佳導演、最佳原著劇本
Best Motion Picture, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Genie Awards, Canada 1987

丹尼阿肯 Denys ARCAND

生於1941年,加拿大魁北克籍。曾於滿地可大學修讀歷史。六十年代開始為加拿大國家電影局攝製歷史記錄短片。1970年的第一部紀錄長片《棉花》以魁北克紡織工人的工會鬥爭活動為題材,被當局禁映了六年。其後數年內拍了三部劇情片,包括《臭銅板》(1971)、《巴當維尼》(1973)及《珍納》(1974)。七十年代中期,轉入電視台,工作了十多年。重拍電視後作品有:《美利堅帝國的衰亡》(1986)、《滿地可耶穌》(1989)。丹尼.阿肯電影作品中對政治進程不掩飾的冷嘲熱諷一直受業界肯定,其中《舒適與冷漠》(1982)獲得了魁北克評論家獎,而《美利堅帝國的衰亡》(1986)及《滿地可耶穌》(1989)除橫掃加拿大金尼獎外,更分別獲得1986康城影展國際影評人盟獎及1989評審團大獎,更入圍當年奧斯卡最佳外語片。他最後憑《老豆堅過美利堅》(2003)抱走2004奧斯卡最佳外語片。近作為《美利堅係咁先》(2019)。  

Was born in Deschambault, Quebec in 1941. While studying history at the University of Montreal, he co-produced Seul ou avec d’autres (1962). He joined the National Film Board from 1963-68 and directed 5 documentaries, including Treadmill (1969) and Cotton Mill (1970), a socio-political documentary on the textile industry which was banned for six years. His other major works include Dirty Money (1971), Réjeanne Padovani (1973), Gina (1974), La lutte des travailleurs d’hopitaux (1975), Duplessis (TV series, 1976), Comfort and Indifference (1982), Le crime d’ovide plouffe (1984), The Decline of the American Empire (1986), and Jesus of Montreal (1989). His cynicism on the course of politics in his films was recognized worldwide. He won the Québec Critics Prize with Comfort and Indifference (1981). Apart from winning major awards at the Genie Awards, The Decline of the American Empire and Jesus of Montreal won FIPRESCI Awards and Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986 and 1989 respectively and both nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards then. He finally won the Academy Awards with The Barbarian Invasions (2003). His most recent work is The Fall of the Amercian Empire (2019).