Nitrate Kisses (1992) Barbara Hammer
Nitrate Kisses (1992) Barbara Hammer
Nitrate Kisses (1992) Barbara Hammer

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Nitrate Kisses

Barbara Hammer | USA | 1992 | R18+

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Wed 26 Oct 2022

Hammer’s first feature recontextualises material from the 1933 landmark queer film Lot in Sodom within an optically manipulated fretwork of associative montage, while also appropriating excerpts from 1930s German fiction films and footage of three couples making love. This palimpsest of representations of homosexual life found in the margins and outtakes of cinema history powerfully confronts heteronormative images of sexual and erotic love. Preceded by Endangered (Barbara Hammer, 1988, 18 mins – Unclassified 15+). A materialist reflection on the threatened tradition of experimental filmmaking.

Format: 16mm
Language: English
Source: NFSA
Courtesy: National Film and Sound Archive, Australia
Runtime: 67 mins

Event duration

67 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Queering the Archive: The Cinema of Barbara Hammer (Wed 26 Oct – Wed 2 Nov)

Over a career spanning 50 years and more than 80 moving-image works, American filmmaker and visual artist Barbara Hammer (1939–2019) initiated a new kind of cinema made from a distinctively female and lesbian perspective, challenging the assumptions of mainstream culture and opening a discourse for marginalised groups in society. Her personal and experimental films sought to inspire social change and make largely invisible bodies, images and histories seen.

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