The film follows a series of striptease acts performed for an imaginary audience in a seedy club. This mesmerising and challenging film offers no hand to hold as we, the viewers, journey into its landscape of sexuality and personal confrontation.
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An important filmic experiment about exhibitionism and exposure. Calling this film misogynistic without regarding the historical background and the British experimental art and music scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s is far too simple.
C'mon, this film is a classic!! Early 70's sexual politics (which were certainly more open minded and interesting than they are nowadays!!), AND a superb experimental droning score by a young Gavin Bryars who is currently a "Bigwig" of British contemporary classical music. More Dwoskin, Mubi, please!
Hypnotic and surprisingly intimate, spiked with trippy colours and accompanied by weird, but amazing music from the period. If you appreciate new and unique experiences, then you will probably love this dreamy and mesmerising journey. Because of its character, it is rather a demanding watch that requires some effort, certain mindset and mood to absorb it...
This is an art film and the Avant-garde-yness of it means it's a laborious watch. This, of course, is not a mark against this inspiring and creative film. It needs a time and place and a certain energy in order to digest it. I would recommend a darkened room with a wooden bench in a gallery space or as a background projection for a boozy intellectual gathering in a squalid underground bar (the soundtrack playing)
A pure experimental movie. As many other UK alternative directors, it has some particular recording techniques that, in theory, are considered a mistake, like the use of long focal length, zoom, blur and un-stabilized recordings. The erotic scene is used as an aesthetic expression and woman as an object of desire and obsession by man. Long sequences with music can transport the viewer out of reality for a moment.
Any actual strip club or burlesque performers who showed this little interest -- even of the feigned variety -- while on stage would soon be out of a job. Endless facial close-ups of people looking blank and smoking cigarettes, almost a parody of an art film in that regard. The sound design by Gavin Bryars is interesting, but that's about it.