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Chinese Checkers

Stephen Dwoskin
1964
13mins Colour 16mm

Chinese Checkers

In Chinese Checkers, Dwoskin employs the sharp contrasts that characterise his work to expressionist effect.

His Oriental predator is at first clothed in black, her 'victim' in white; slowly the costumes change, the victim acquiring a veil of mourning, until finally - as if to underline the ambiguity and interchangeability of their respective roles - the colours are reversed altogether. Still more interesting is the way in which, as the game becomes more ambiguous, Dwoskin adds fresh layers of make-up to his characters' faces, until they become almost caricature masks of their original selves.

JD Sight and Sound summer 1970.

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