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Acting Out: Stephen Dwoskin

Philomène Hoël

2020
42 minutes 37 seconds
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Outside In

Stephen Dwoskin

1981
1 hour 50 minutes

‘For his eighth feature, Dwoskin focuses on his own disablement by polio, and its hazards to his emotional and sexual life. It’s a strange, riveting mixture of Hal Roach slapstick, vivid confessions, open-hearted self-reflexivity, and Dwoskin’s own highly formalist aesthetic of the unblinking look (which had some English feminists hopping mad but reached their European sisters). Dwoskin reinvents the cinema from where Straub left off. The cast ranges through Carlisi from Fellini-land to Jordine from TV’s Crossroads. A haunting documentation of a strange, difficult life; its pratfalls and fetishes, triumphs and disasters. Crutches of fire?’ – Time Out