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Strippers and Corpses
John Brent reviews Stephen Dwoskin's Dyn Amo for the Freedom Press anarchist newspaper, 1972

DYN AMO, director Steve Dwoskin, to be shown at the Electric Cinema Club, 191 Portobello Road, W.11, from Nov. 19.

DYN AMO is set in a strip club. We see, at great length, various giris stripping. Occasionaily some rather sinister young men appear. Then a blindfolded girl is brought on to the stage and a sort of sadomasochistic ritual takes place. The final half hour or so of the film is devoted to a prolonged shot of this girl's face, with tears running down. Finally we see her in a position that recalls the crucifixion. Then, after two hours or so, the film ends.
Steve Dwoskin believes that the human face is endlessly expressive. lt can tell us all we need to know. So most of the film consists of close-ups of faces, expressing lust, resignation, violence, misery and so on. There is hardly any dialogue. A man shouts what sounded to me like 'Frigid bitch'! at one of the girls. The message seemed to be, 'Look at the way men exploit women, treating them as sex objects.' Now we await a film about the way fllm-makers exploit their audiences by boring them to death. The point of Dyn Amo could have been made, and more devastatingly, in five or ten minutes. The sort of men whose money supports strip clubs are never likely to see it. The audience at the National Film Theatre preview were members of the intelligentsia who would never enter a strip club. This is preaching to the already converted with a vengeance.

John Brent.

John Brent
The Freedom Press
Review of dynamo in The Freedom Press, 1972
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