7 Apr, Wet Dream Festival Recap

This programme is devoted to the two editions of the Wet Dream Film Festival in the early seventies, instigated by Suck (the First European Sex Magazine).
The Wet Dream Film Festival was the world’s first sex film festival and took place at various locations in Amsterdam. With participants like Germaine Greer, William Burroughs and Betty Dodson. Erotic films were screened at the interface between eroticism and art, who wanted to be more then or different from standard porn. The sexual revolution of the late 60s was closely linked to the artistic and cultural avant-garde of the time.
One of the organizers, Willem de Ridder, will take us 45 years back in time.

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Cover of the Wet Dream Festival catalogue

 

 

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It’s Harem Time (NL, Wim van der Linden, Willem de Ridder, 1966, 10’)

 

 

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Noviciat (FR, Noël Burch, 1969, 20′)

A peeping tom caught spying on a women’s self-defence class is taken captive by the class leader. At first the class uses him to practice on, but his treatment steadily becomes more humiliating and fetishistic.

 

 

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Love Objects (NL, Tom Chomont, 1971,16mm, 11’)

In Love Objects, explicit scenes of heterosexual and homosexual lovemaking are intercut so seamlessly that one doesn’t know quite what one’s watching. And yet—while its subject and content are daringly transgressive, the film reveals in its tenderness, rather, that life itself is a transgression on prurience.

 

 

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Fuses (US, Carolee Schneemann, 25′, 16mm, 1965) with Mary Oliver on violin

A film that explicitly shows Schneemann and her partner having sex. She painstakingly etched, coloured and reassembled its frames to form a joyous collage, aiming to capture the equitable, erotic splendour of everyday sex “with shameless regard”. This was at a time when movies couldn’t show pubic hair and the word “vagina” was taboo. Schneemann had to get the footage developed in a secret lab usually used for pornographic films.

Schneemann’s self-shot erotic film remains a controversial classic. “The notorious masterpiece… a silent celebration in colour of heterosexual love making. The film unifies erotic energies within a domestic environment through cutting, superimposition and layering of abstract impressions scratched into the celluloid itself… Fuses succeeds perhaps more than any other film in objectifying the sexual streamings of the body’s mind” — The Guardian, London

 

References:
http://www.sterneck.net/sex/greer-wet-dream/index.php
http://www.wdro.tv
http://www.haussite.net/haus.0/PROGRAM/02/redirect/E/burchbio_E.html
http://film-makerscoop.com/rentals-sales/search-results?fmc_author=142
http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2011-03-11/tribute-tom-chomont
http://www.imagesfestival.com/calendar.php?event_id=435&month=n
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/mar/10/carole-schneemann-naked-art-performance
http://liquidbodies.blogspot.nl/2012/11/carolee-schneemann-fuses-1965.html

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