Mother, Father and Daughter go to the park. The women dose off on a bench while the father plays a hide-and-seek game with a girl, blindfolded. Charlie leads him into a lake. Both dozing ... See full summary »
This is a Stephen Dwoskin film so it's not a conventional movie it's really an Underground film. Firstly, I'm writing this review because this 36 year-old movie has just been released on an official DVD. The supplier is re:Voir, based in Paris, price is 30 Euros. And an excellent print it is too copied straight from the 16mm master the quality is very good. Extras include an interview with Dwoskin and the director Maggie Pinhorn. This film is based on the stage-play, I understand the same cast appears in both. The action for the movie is set in a London Soho strip-club (they used a real-life but disused club) and follows 4 strippers through their acts. Dialogue is minimal, most of the sound-track is music. The usual Dwoskin filming techniques are applied: hand-held, sometimes shaky camera shots; extreme close-ups; shots sometimes out-of-focus; extended continuous scenes without break or change of camera position. The longest such scene here is an 18 mins continuous shot of Linda Marlowe's face! Yes Harriet Zapper herself appears in this movie topless and then naked as the 4th and final stripper. And by the time she appears on stage 4 leering men from the audience are joining in the action, progressively humiliating her until the finale. And the way the film is produced the viewer effectively becomes another perv. This DVD runs for 2 hours and with virtually no speech that can seem like a long time. But it you are a Dwoskin fan then this is as good as it gets. As the previous reviewer stated, this is one for the avant-garde. But if that is you then I suggest you go out and buy the DVD now, I understand that it will be produced only in limited numbers.
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