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Barbara Hammer's first feature-length film is a taboo-busting provocation, a politically charged polemic and a rapturous visual ode to the sensual pleasures of love and intimacy.
Barbara Hammer in person!
Her first feature-length film, Nitrate Kisses may well be Barbara Hammer's masterpiece. Shot on grainy black-and-white Super 8 and blown up to 16mm, Nitrate Kisses focuses on the marginalization of lesbian and gay sexuality in the twentieth century. Archival footage taken from the first gay film in US history, James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber's Lot in Sodom, frames extended sequences of lovemaking by couples, including two elderly lesbians, a mixed-race gay couple and an S/M lesbian couple. In the unashamed intimacy of its lovemaking sequences, Nitrate Kisses is taboo-busting provocation, politically charged polemic and, above all else, a rapturous visual ode to the sensual pleasures of love and intimacy.
Nitrate Kisses is preceded by Schizy, Barbara Hammer's first film, shot on Super 8 and recently blown up to 16mm.
The screening will be followed by a conversation between Barbara Hammer and author and nationally syndicated sex columnist Sasha.
Schizy (dir. Barbara Hammer \ USA 1968 \ 4 min. \ 16mm)
Nitrate Kisses (dir. Barbara Hammer \ USA 1992 \ 67 min. \ 16mm)
This programme is rated 14A.
- Alex Tigchelaar
- Alexandra Tigchelaar (Sasha) is artistic co-director of the cabaret theatre company Operation Snatch. She has been a nationally syndicated sex columnist since 1994 and has written about sex and art for many local and national publications. Recent essays include "Bare-Assed Defiance" for the magazine alt.theatre and "The Creative Ass Class" for the upcoming book Heteropolis.