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The Celluloid Closet

(DVD - 2001 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Celluloid Closet


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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.
Title: The celluloid closet
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Columbia TriStar Home Video,, 2001.
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Commentary with filmmakers Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Lily Tomlin, producer Howard Rosenman, editor Arnold Glassman, author Vito Russo ; bonus trailers ; collection of outtakes ; talent files ; interactive menus ; production notes including letters from Gore Vidal and Charlton Heston ; scene selections.
Notes on the doucumentary inserted in container.
Based on the book by Vito Russo.
Originally produced for television broadcast in 1996.
Contents: Gay images
From the very beginning
Enter the sissy
Morocco
Queen Christina
Cold-hearted villains
The Maltese falcon
Rope
Behind bars
Young man with a horn
Tea and sympathy
Rebel without a cause
Ben-Hur
Blurring the lines
Gentlemen prefer blondes
Tony Curtis
Victim
The children's hour
Advise & consent
Unhappy gay people
The boys in the band
Cabaret
Cruising
Making love
Sunday, bloody Sunday
Women who love each other
Philadelphia.
Summary: 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.
Audience: Rated R.
Local Note: 2
ISBN: 9780767849005
0767849000
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4365 CEL
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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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