Nitrate Kisses, an experimental documentary by Barbara Hammer

Nitrate Kisses (1992) is an experimental documentary film directed by Barbara Hammer, a pioneer of lesbian cinema. According to the author, this work of memory was conceived as an exploration of the repression and marginalization of LGBT people since the First World War. Hammer unveils an invisible history contextualized in relation to the sexual behavior of gays and lesbians of her time. As we tend to underestimate the strong resistance people faced in the past toward their sexuality, the questions of historical representation are examined through marginal stories, ephemeral images and erotic interactions that force us to read between the lines. The films explores eroded emulsions and lost vestiges of lesbian and gay culture by mixing avant-garde imagery of four couples with footage of an unearthed forbidden history. Extracts from the first gay film made in the U.S, Lot In Sodom (1933), is interwoven in this haunting documentary. The present clip gives us an overview of Nitrate Kisses’ content and serves as a trailer.

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