The Celluloid Closet

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The Celluloid Closet takes a thought-provoking look at the decades of omission and misrepresentation endured by the gay community in mainstream cinema.

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Documentary directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, already well-established for bringing gay issues to a mainstream film audience, examined the representation of homosexuality in the film industry itself in this absorbing study. Based on a 1981 book by Vito Russo and narrated by Lily Tomlin, the film states upfront that in one hundred years of cinema history, homosexuality has rarely been acknowledged, and only then for laughs, pity, or fear. As the film continues, it details the prevailing trends in the depiction of gays during each decade, showing how the visibility of homosexuals began to increase and evolve. Interviews with Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Gore Vidal, and Harvey Fierstein, among others, are notable additions to this illuminating and entertaining feature.

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Critic Reviews for The Celluloid Closet

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A decent historical reflection, if not somewhat self-indulgent.

Christian C
Christian C

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"It's amazing how, if you're a gay audience and you're accustomed to crumbs, how you will watch an entire movie just to see someone wear an outfit that you think means that they are a homosexual. The whole movie may be a dud but you are just sitting there waiting for Joan Crawford to put on her black cowboy shirt again." -Susie Bright An interesting documentary that enabled me to view some of my favorite films from a different perspective.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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Great documentary on the history of Gay Film

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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A huge collection of clips from Hollywood's past, some subtle and some blatant in their homosexual themes. It is a touching and revealing look at gay subtext, which can sometimes be amusing when it becomes obvious. It drags a bit long, but is well put together.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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