Dupont Guy: The Schiz of Grant Avenue (1976)
DUPONT GUY is back!
Ranting and raving, poignantly pointy-headed, and pointing fingers
every which way, this is the classic Chonk underground broadside
that flips over all rocks and takes no prisoners.
WHO WE ARE forms the unifying theme of DUPONT GUY. It affirms
the legitimacy of Chinese-American (nee Chonk) culture, exploring
cross-cultural currents of San Francisco's Chinatown: assimilation,
self-contempt, schizophrenic language, duplicitous behavior.
Dupont Guy is "DuPont Street" in Cantonese. After the 1906
earthquake, the city fathers re-named the street "Grant Avenue",
hoping to redevelop and reclaim Chinatown for a new civic center.
But the Chinese were not fooled, and folks today still call it Dupont
Guy. It is in this spirit of truth and defiance that DUPONT GUY: The
Schiz of Grant Avenue was created.
This film straddles no fences. Originally released in 1976, it was
ahead of its time. It lampooned the overflow of gangwar/sexbabe
stereotypes produced by The Media. It predicted the 1977 Golden
Dragon massacre. It questioned sacrosanct notions of success and
Chineseness. University and community audiences polarized
between those who loved it and those who hated it. Liberals loved it
AND hated it.
Winner, 1975 Documentary Film Award, Academy of Motion
Pictures Arts and Sciences.