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La Lutte (1961) by Michel Brault and Claude Jutra

Posted July 4, 2012

La lutte by Michel Brault by Marcel Carrière by Claude Fournier & by Claude Jutra, National Film Board of Canada

Available from the National Film Board of Canada.

A candid-camera view of professional wrestling as seen in the Montréal Forum, where some of the biggest bouts are staged, and in back-street wrestling parlors where the warriors practice their art. Nothing escapes the probing camera as well-muscled tyros grapple, punch, squirm, roar and grimace, adding their own variations of showmanship to amuse and excite the crowd. Only available in French (but still worth checking out).