History Lessons (2000)
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A pioneering lesbian filmmaker, Barbara Hammer has made more than 70 shorts and features over the course of her career. History Lessons, her documentary about lesbianism throughout the 20th century, combines radical sexual politics with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor. Using archival footage that goes back as far as the dawn of cinema, Hammer covers such diverse media as newsreels, "naturalist" nudies, classroom sex ed films, The Children's Hour, and actual lesbian bar police busts. She
Oct 26, 2001 Limited
Jun 18, 2002
First Run Features
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An intermittently instructive and amusing jumble that might have been seen as daring and 'transgressive' in both form and content if it had been released, say, three decades ago.
The clips themselves are so battered, grainy and sordid that they are more depressing than inspiring.
Here Hammer betrays a tiresome attachment to cross-cutting ladyporn with antiquated educational filmstrips, to no real end but snarky giggles.
While the film is intermittently fascinating, the big problem here is that nothing is explained and no one is identified.
An intelligent, satirical presentation of how misdirected the media is in defining lesbians.
A one-note experience, more memorable for what it sets out to accomplish than what it actually does.
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