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Reason Over Passion

Fortnight 1970, Feature film, 70'


Reason over Passion is one of Joyce Wieland’s most renowned experimental films– a cross-country travelogue, political satire, modernist experiment— which embodies many of the themes recurrent in her rich, diverse and extensive oeuvre. It was inspired by a speech given by then Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, in which the phrase “reason over passion” was meant to be a strategic goal for Canada’s future and the possibility of some sort of unity between the French and the English. To Joyce Wieland, however, as a woman, as an artist (who worked with textiles undervalued as women’s craft not high art), and as a passionate Canadian nationalist, “Passion over Reason” described more of her own approach to art and life.


Joyce Wieland

born 1931 in Toronto, Ontario—died 1998. Canadian filmmaker and mixed media artist whose paintings, assemblages, quilts, and motion pictures explore themes of feminism and Canadian nationalism. Her film oeuvre consists of 16 titles, related to the notion of Underground movies.

Pierre Trudeau

Pierre Trudeau

Prod. Corrective Film Box 199 Church Str. Sta. New York, N.Y.10008

Title in Original Version : La raison avant la passion