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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"While the film is intermittently fascinating, the big problem here is that nothing is explained and no one is identified."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Neither a conventional documentary nor a work of complete fiction, Hammer's film constructs a secret history, part imagination and part reality that is both revealing and slyly entertaining."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The clips themselves are so battered, grainy and sordid that they are more depressing than inspiring."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"An intelligent, satirical presentation of how misdirected the media is in defining lesbians."
‑ Rachel Gordon, Filmcritic.com
"Here Hammer betrays a tiresome attachment to cross-cutting ladyporn with antiquated educational filmstrips, to no real end but snarky giggles."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"A one-note experience, more memorable for what it sets out to accomplish than what it actually does."
‑ Rachel Deahl, Boxoffice Magazine
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