The Celluloid Closet

DVD - 2001
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Celluloid Closet
Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist cinema of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentators provide anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians on the silver screen.


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Jul 06, 2012
  • HereHere rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The history is quite fascinating, in particular during the period of censorship and how directors got around that (although I don't know that I would have seen between the lines). I had no idea that homosexuality had been portrayed in cinema from the very beginning.

Apr 18, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Unlike what AtomicFez has said before me, I rather enjoyed this film and thought it to be a powerful historical film, particularly in the movie industry. I think schools across the world should start getting out of the "Dark Ages" and show films like this to educate people, especially younger minds.

Aug 08, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Oddly, not as revelatory as I had expected. Granted, it's hardly a brand-new thing, so perhaps its 'shock value' has faded to the point of only raising an eyebrow now.

Which is probably a good sign.


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