NITRATE KISSES

by Barbara HAMMER
1992 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 67' 00

In her first feature, after decades as a pioneer of lesbian cinema, Barbara Hammer weaves striking images of four contemporary gay and lesbian couples with footage of an unearthed, forbidden, and invisible history, searching eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of queer culture. Questions of historic representation are examined through addressing the margins, between-the-line readings, and images outside of prescribed textual boundaries. Archival footage from LOT IN SODOM (1933), often regarded as the first queer film made in the United States, as well as footage from German narrative and documentary films of the thirties, are interwoven with contemporary footage in this multi-faceted, haunting documentary.

"NITRATE KISSES questions how history is recorded and encourages the viewer, gay or straight, to save scraps, letters, books, records, and snapshots in order to preserve our 'ordinary' lives as history." — Barbara Hammer

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distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
original language English
rental fee 170,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (PAL)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 170,00 €