Outsiders: Dressing for Pleasure - The Films of John Samson [DVD]

Described by more than one source as the most gifted unsung documentarist in British film history, John Samson (b. 1946 - d. 2004) had a very Arbussian quality of honing in on those subjects who existed on the fringe of society, with peculiar lifestyles, demeanors and habits. His actual filmmaking methods separated him from contemporaries, as well; on a visual level, he shot images poetically, editing them into a central metaphoric trope, while narratively, he allowed subjects to tell their own stories. All of these factors added up, cumulatively, to a revolutionary effect. This collection presents the five efforts that Samson created in the ten-year period of 1973 to 1983: "Tattoo" (1975), a meditation on the art of tattooing; "Dressing for Pleasure" (1977), a documentary on fetishistic clothing and those who wear it (winner of Outstanding Film at the London Film Festival); "Britannia" (1978), the account of several volunteers restoring an antiquated locomotive; "Arrows" (1979), Samson's chronicle of the subculture of competitive darts; and "The Skin Horse" (1983), a tour of the Outsider's Club - a dating agency for the disabled. These films arrive courtesy of the Screen Edge label, without bonus supplements.
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