Nitrate Kisses (1992)

  • Documentary, Archive
  • 1h 7m

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This first feature documentary by Barbara Hammer, a pioneer of queer experimental cinema, weaves together the allegorical, historical and erotic - challenging past and present erasure of queer lives. This haunting visual collage juxtaposes striking images of gay and lesbian couples with footage of unearthed, forbidden and invisible histories, including archival footage from one of the earliest gay films in the US, Lot In Sodom (1933).

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

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI.


Barbara Hammer






United States