An intimate and revealing look at love, relationships, and the way in which artists can use the medium to both deeply penetrate aspects of human nature while also sometimes distancing themselves from it. Fascinating, and very accessible due to the short runtime.
Is it the definition of jaded to find some types of sweetness dated? Certainly the film's impact is best assessed via its 1975 context; it's pretty clearly not 2018 she's speaking to... And yet, Hammer's still got a few things to tell us. Here, it's a lot about the immense power that exists in claiming, embodying, our physical bodies, our intimacies & interactions... Under capitalism, that's never not revolutionary.
Fragmentary and lose. It's so spontaneous and candid that the frontiers between performance and portrait fade away. And maybe the self is really always a performative entity. The body (as a medium and as politics) and speech seem to be inseparable. In my mind I kept thinking (visually) about Nan Goldin and the painting "L'Origine du monde" by Gustave Courbet. And do need to study gender politics, a lot.
Sexuality is always politics. There is something really healthy on this film, beyond any ideology. I think it's the fact that being human implies having a body. A sexual body which is massively processed by politics. This is also a skin film, but the most remarkable aspect is on the interaction. Something takes place at a core level of subjectivity.
The film is as much about exploring the possibilities of the new portable videotape medium, as it is about exploring bodies and relationships.Very honest in its acknowledgement that the experiment (and their relationship) is doomed to fail: their intimacy can't be captured on tape (and Madame X can't handle it), while the performativity can be captured, but detracts from their intimacy (and Superdyke can't handle it)
Hammer, picking up a casual reality between videos, gives the viewer a rare movie. After all, what is it like to be a lesbian in conservative times? With a close and intimate look, the film reveals this to us.