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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Fuses (1967) is a 22 minute short silent experimental film by Carolee Schneemann.

It is a mixture of collage and painting featuring Schneemann and her then-boyfriend James Tenney having sex.

Fuses was motivated by Schneemann's desire to know if a woman's depiction of her own sexual acts was different from pornography and classical art.

She showed the film to her contemporaries as she worked on it in 1965 and 1966, receiving mostly positive feedback, though some did think it was "narcissistic exhibitionism."

She received an especially strong reaction regarding the cunnilingus scene of the film.

While Fuses is viewed as a "proto-feminist" film, Schneemann feels that it was largely neglected by feminist film historians.

Schneemann reportedly stated that the film was a reaction to Stan Brakhage's Window Water Baby Moving.

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