Central Bazaar

Five strangers explore their fantasies over a period of five days in Stephen Dwoskin’s remarkable experimental film.

For this remarkable experimental film, the provocative avant-garde legend Stephen Dwoskin gathered together a group of strangers and filmed them as they explored their fantasies over a period of five days: a project that now sounds a little like TV’s Big Brother. The ceremonial gowns and make-up here not only evoke the eroticism of European horror movies but also highlight the film’s interplay between performance and intimacy.

Jonas Mekas called it “theatre of life”.

  • New high definition transfer created from new film elements
  • DVD-9/ Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)

Special features


  • ‘Laboured Party’ (20 minutes, 1974): Dwoskin’s ‘on-set’ companion piece to Central Bazaar. An unsuspecting Labour Party canvasser calls at the house and falls under the provocative and playful influence of the feature films participants.
  • Fully illustrated booklet including original essays by Will Fowler (BFI curator) and Jonas Mekas (legendary Avant-garde filmmaker), reviews and biography.

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      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

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