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Striptease

Directed by Kay Armatage
Canada, 1980 (documentary, 24 minutes, colour, English)
Striptease
Photo © Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

Film Description:
"This is a documentary which treats the subject in terms of work, performance and sexuality. In striptease as in dominant cinema, women are presented as sexual spectacle, silent objects to be looked at. This film presents the dancers as speaking subjects, constructing a job profile from the point of view of the women who do the work."
-- Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (source)

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Quote about Striptease [in French]

"Striptease [...], de Kay Armatage, est également solidaire des travailleurs de l'industrie du sexe. Armatage, dont l'oeuvre repose sur une rigoureuse exploration formelle théorique des sujets qu'elle aborde, a créé un collage rythmique de strip-tease, d'entrevues en studio stylisées et de témoignages documentaires. Des intertitres demandant au spectateur : 'Qu'est-ce que tu regardes?' sont entrecoupés d'images de coquilles, de fleurs et de fruits rappelant le vagin."
-- Brenda Longfellow (source)


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