Free to Love: Cinema of the Sexual Revolution

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For all of known human history, people have been fucking. In the 1960s and ‘70s, they were fucking so much and starting to outwardly assert their sexual identities—and, yes, even their sexual rights—that millions of adults worldwide participated, knowingly or implicitly, in the tumultuous period known as the sexual revolution. Love and, well, making love (and talking about actual sex and penises and vaginas) got to be so mainstream that even humorist filmmaker Mel Brooks got in on the action, giggling (cinematically) about breasts and absurdist hormonal hijinks with regular zest. 

With this in mind, the affectionate folks over at International House Philadelphia, long the concrete creative monolith for foreign-imported student culture in West Philadelphia, have slated Free to Love: Cinema of the Sexual Revolution, a month-long series of films aimed at provoking attendees to not only think about sex but to consider just how important last century’s political and creative upheaval was relating to our exploration and understanding of sex. The content-rich Free to Love—which, coincidentally, ends right after Valentine’s Day—promises to sate movie lovers’ appetites for silver-screen salaciousness via an impressively wide-ranging roster of over 60 commercial (and underground) films, including the not-at-all family-friendly ‘72 cartoon feature Fritz the Cat, the ubiquitous ‘72 porn gem Deep Throat and the aptly named Radical Sex Education Films from San Francisco’s Multi-Media Resource Center.

Alongside invaluable perspectives from movie historians and industry critics like J. Hoberman, some of the era’s original filmmakers, including queer director Barbara Hammer, will be on hand to provide insight into their work. And folks would do well to remember that one of Free to Love’s offerings, It is Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives, was produced in 1971 when homosexuality was still considered a mental illness by American psychiatrists and an outright crime by many state governments. And, while many screened films in the series are literally pornographic, there’s still not one single thing dirty about being human. / JOSH KRUGER

Fri., Jan. 10-Sat., Feb. 15. $7-$9. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org
 

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Sunday, January 12, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Thursday, January 16, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Monday, January 27, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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International House , 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 02/04/2014. .

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