The Celluloid Closet Reviews

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May 28, 2020
Lively and absorbing.
May 28, 2020
This intelligent, fascinating film - based on the book by Vito Russo - is well worth a watch and is stuffed full of clips and contributions from stars, directors, screenwriters and academics.
May 28, 2020
"The Celluloid Closet" goes all the way back to the birth of cinema, to an experimental Thomas Edison short of two men dancing, to trace the odd, funny, sad and disgraceful history of homosexual iconography on film.
May 28, 2020
A fascinating account of how Hollywood has dealt with homosexuals and homosexuality through its history.
March 4, 2019
Opening the door of the celluloid closet reveals a shifting kaleidoscope that underlines just how influential, for good or bad, the movies can be.
August 20, 2009
How ironic that a movie about the dangers of the closet would so confine one's freedom of interpretation.
March 26, 2009
An immensely entertaining, galloping reflection on screen perceptions of lesbians and gay men, from the humorous to the heinous to the heartening.
June 24, 2006
A witty, touching study of Hollywood's (mostly on screen) treatment of homosexuality.
May 31, 2006
Instead of an angry diatribe against Hollywood, the film shrewdly opts for a wity, often campy commentary by gay figures (Gore Vidal), directors (Wyler) and actors (Tom Hanks) who shed light on the context in which these films were made and viewed.
April 6, 2006
It's engrossing, brings a healthy sense of humor to the discussion, and enlightening without being bludgeoning.
April 1, 2005
February 4, 2005
An engaging documentary touching on Hollywood's on screen treatment of homosexuality.
January 1, 2005
Rock Hudson was gay? Who knew?
January 21, 2004
November 17, 2003
August 21, 2003
Entertaining but ultimately shallow.
June 19, 2003
May 20, 2003
May 20, 2003
Celebrity interviewees and glossy graphics further turn this into a colorful overview with the popular appeal of a "That's Entertainment!" and with an even more interestingly gay agenda than the history of Hollywood musical comedy.
September 4, 2002
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