History Lessons

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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.

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  • Devoid of voice-over commentary but still remarkably lucid, her gleeful reconstruction of the past also serves to celebrate the more progressive climate today.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 26, 2001 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • The clips themselves are so battered, grainy and sordid that they are more depressing than inspiring.

    Oct 25, 2001 | Rating: 2/5
  • Here Hammer betrays a tiresome attachment to cross-cutting ladyporn with antiquated educational filmstrips, to no real end but snarky giggles.

    Oct 23, 2001 | Full Review…
  • What this in-your-face filmmaker has done is take historical newsreel footage, music, and vintage lesbian porn and cut it into a hard-hitting, visually enchanting, clitorally stimulating art piece that makes you think every woman . . . was a dyke.

    Mar 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • While the film is intermittently fascinating, the big problem here is that nothing is explained and no one is identified.

    Dec 9, 2001 | Full Review…

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