Dyn Amo

by Dwoskin, Stephen

Film: 16mm 1971

Duration
120
Screens
1

A tatty strip-club stage, filled with a large satin-covered bed and tinselled drapes. Four girls appear, each in turn performing her act. 'Dyn Amo' is a 'drama' exploring the distinction between a person's self and his projection of that self to others; and it's a 'horror movie' tragically suggesting how a projection can become more substantial than the self behind it. Its subjects are role-playing (especially sexual role-playing), and the masochism of playing a role that conforms to others' exploitative interests. Tony Rayns. Based on the original stage play, 'Dynamo' by Chris Wilkinson. 'Dyn Amo is a 'drama' exploring the distinction of a person's self and his/her projection of that self to others; and it is a 'horror movie' tragically suggesting how a projection can become more substantial than the self behind it. Its subjects are role-playing (especially sexual role-playing) and the masochism of playing a role that conforms to others' exploitative interests.' – S.D. 'Dyn Amo explores aspects of women's slavery, a slavery that involves them in acting out fantasies that have lost whatever social value they had long ago .... Dyn Amo may be partially the tale of the creation that runs away with the creator. But it is also revolutionary to the extent that Dwoskin shows these false roles to be escapable. ... And the women in the film remain, despite an environment of which the best that can be said is that it is a parody of itself, despite their acute identity distortion, aware, if not of an alternative, at least of the desperate need for one...' - Verina Glaessner, Time Out, London STEPHEN DWOSKIN

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