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History Lessons

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

Jun 18, 2002

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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.

October 26, 2001
New York Post
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The clips themselves are so battered, grainy and sordid that they are more depressing than inspiring.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Here Hammer betrays a tiresome attachment to cross-cutting ladyporn with antiquated educational filmstrips, to no real end but snarky giggles.

October 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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While the film is intermittently fascinating, the big problem here is that nothing is explained and no one is identified.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An intelligent, satirical presentation of how misdirected the media is in defining lesbians.

October 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A one-note experience, more memorable for what it sets out to accomplish than what it actually does.

October 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Neither a conventional documentary nor a work of complete fiction, Hammer's film constructs a secret history, part imagination and part reality that is both revealing and slyly entertaining.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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