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Vito (2013)

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In the aftermath of Stonewall, a newly politicized Vito Russo found his voice as a gay activist and critic of LGBT representation in the media. He went on to write "The Celluloid Closet," the first book to critique Hollywood's portrayals of gays on screen. During the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Vito became a passionate advocate for justice via the newly formed ACT UP, before his death in 1990. (c) Official Site

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Apr 29, 2013

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Vito Russo is a real-life hero. Vito, the documentary, tells us why.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This documentary helps immortalise a man with a message of freedom, change, and achievement - one which may have been forgotten.

April 16, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
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What remains of that great voice in archive form is a huge part of the film's success ...

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny

Audience Reviews for Vito

At first I thought that this film could have been a little more in depth and maybe it could have had a little more time devoted to Stonewall but in retrospect they were right to just concentrate on Vito himself. His cousin whom he was very close to said to him on his deathbed, "When you meet St Peter at the gates of heaven and he asks what you've done you can tell him you made the world a little better for all mankind". She's right, he did. He stood up and fought for equality and raised many issues and probably saved many lives. He was the purist of activists, his work was selfless and yet he isn't particularly well known. For that sake I hope people see this film and remember him as the great man that he was.
June 13, 2013
SirPant

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Brilliant subject for the HBO documentary treatment. Not only an in depth look at a leader but a memorable chronicle of the early gay movement in New York.
September 15, 2012
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