History Lessons (2001)




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History Lessons explores lesbian images from 1896 (the beginning of film) until 1969 (the Stonewall uprising). Focusing on images prior to Stonewall, the film exposes not only popular lesbian representations - or misrepresentations - in culture and entertainment, but also the controlling negative images used by the medical, scientific, and legal establishments.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest , Television
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Critic Reviews for History Lessons

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

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
Top Critic

The clips themselves are so battered, grainy and sordid that they are more depressing than inspiring.

October 25, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Here Hammer betrays a tiresome attachment to cross-cutting ladyporn with antiquated educational filmstrips, to no real end but snarky giggles.

Full Review… | October 23, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

While the film is intermittently fascinating, the big problem here is that nothing is explained and no one is identified.

Full Review… | December 9, 2001
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | October 28, 2001

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

Full Review… | October 27, 2001
Boxoffice Magazine

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