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Louis Cyr, strongest man in the world

Louis-Cyr with horses.jpgThe movie Louis Cyr: l'homme le plus fort du monde comes to Quebec cinemas on July 12th. But many Quebeckers no longer know much about the famous strongman and circus entrepreneur.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Louis Cyr was known as the strongest man in the world. He was capable of amazing feats of strength, like lifting 500 pounds with 3 fingers or hoisting a platform carrying 18 men on his back. In another of his signature feats, he stood between two - and even two pairs of horses -- holding them in place as they tried to pull away.

Louis Cyr raised himself up from abject poverty, and became a folk hero to French Canadians. And now there's a movie about him, starring Antoine Bertrand. Daniel Roby is the director, and he joins Elizabeth Robertson in-studio.

(Photo courtesy of Seville Films)

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