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.
I never imagined a series of strip teases as haunting or even horrific, but the vibe I get from this film is just that. The piercing music, shaky camera, ominous characters, and vintage look all make for a good October haunt. I bet Rob Zombie would appreciate this.
An experimental masterpiece that delves into the physical and psychological abuse of toxic masculinity. Stephen Dwoskin's brothel uses its formal estrangement to uncover the domestic forms of sexual violence that have been inoculated on our socialization and formation as affectionate, sexual and political identities. The camera's evolution from fix to accelerated and back to fix is a metaphor of a cyclic condition.