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The Match That Started My Fire
A film by Cathy Cook
1991, 19 minutes, Color, VHS/16mm
Order No. W99374
The telephone rings and the girl-talk begins: secrets emerge and confessions build. An exciting experimental comedy in which the joy of sexual pleasure is discovered and experienced by women in their childhood and early teens. Climbing a rope, descending a slide, being stung by insects...a host of women tell their hilarious anecdotes of "the match that started their fire". The film is a visual montage of images that evoke a world of 1960s kitsch and nostalgia, with occasional darker hints of taboo and transgression.


  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best of Festival Award
  • Baltimore Film Festival, First Prize Experimental
  • Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Juror's Award

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    "A joyous hymn to the female orgasm ...this is one of the best movies of the year, in any gauge, in any length."
    Adrian Martin
    Melbourne Film Festival

    "Cleverly and whimsically, Cook celebrates the physical world as a kind of pleasure dome."
    Reed Johnson
    Detroit News

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