Thanks to all who attend our movie nights. Tuesday March 28 was truly a special evening for those curious about the long history of sexuality in movies. SECS partnered with Spencer Sundell of the Sprocket Society and Lisa Petrucci of Something Weird to explore some early examples of erotic film.
And the audience did get an authentic film experience. As the majority of the program was films from the 1920s and film is an ephemeral medium, there were technical difficulties as one of the films had become too degraded to project. But such is life when working with old 16mm films, but we did get a glimpse of Uncle Si and his magical television before the film failed.
We also viewed a great example of a stag film, i.e. the short, usually silent pornographic films produced illegally and exhibited in private settings to all male audiences. We also had a very early animated film, but most of the early erotic films were non-explicit and were produced by Cine-Art Productions. Likely under the guise of being “art films”, these films were likely sold on 16mm to the home market, which began to emerge in the late 1920s. Although, it is also possible that they were played in coin operated peep show booths.
We also were able to show some later animated films from the 1970s and even a Walt Disney sex-education film.
Thanks again to all that attended. We will do this again in a month.