The Celluloid Closet

Directed by Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein
Featured Lily Tomlin

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment | August 1, 2006 | DVD

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A documentary that chronicles the way movies have portrayed homosexuals for the past 100 years, and how these images, both positive and negative, have helped shape America's attitudes toward gays. Among the topics examined via interviews and film clips are: the various gay stereotypes that recur onscreen, gay subtexts in such macho films as "Spartacus" and "Ben-Hur," and how negative images of homosexuality created emotional conflict within the gay moviegoer. But the film also shows how the times have greatly changed, bringing more -- and more realistic -- gay characters to the silver screen.

Video Release: August 1, 2006

Theatrical Release: 1996

Runtime: 101

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment

UPC: 043396821071

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The Celluloid Closet

Directed by Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein
Featured Lily Tomlin

Video Release: August 1, 2006

Theatrical Release: 1996

Runtime: 101

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment

UPC: 043396821071


Edition Description
  • Stereo Surround
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

A documentary that chronicles the way movies have portrayed homosexuals for the past 100 years, and how these images, both positive and negative, have helped shape America's attitudes toward gays. Among the topics examined via interviews and film clips are: the various gay stereotypes that recur onscreen, gay subtexts in such macho films as "Spartacus" and "Ben-Hur," and how negative images of homosexuality created emotional conflict within the gay moviegoer. But the film also shows how the times have greatly changed, bringing more -- and more realistic -- gay characters to the silver screen.

Description

Lily Tomlin narrates this in-depth examination of the film industry's portrayal of homosexual characters throughout history. This fascinating documentary points out not only where and how such characters appear, but also where and how they've been avoided. Interviewees include Susan Sarandon, Tony Curtis, Shirley MacLaine and Tom Hanks, among others. Based on the 1981 book by Vito Russo.

Notes

Shown at the New York Film Festival October 13 & 14, 1995, and at the Venice Film Festival. Aired -- for one time only -- on HBO January 30, 1996. Released theatrically in New York City March 15, 1996. An Arte, Brillstein/Grey Entertainment, Hugh M. Hefner, James C. Hormel, and Steve Tisch presentation. Co-produced by Reflective Image and Telling Pictures. The film won a Teddy Bear Award (for gay and lesbian film) for best documentary at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival. Additional cast: cultural/film critic Richard Dyer and writer Susie Bright (interviewees). Additional credit: Sheila Nevins (executive producer for HBO). Vito Russo published the book on which this documentary is based in 1981. He died of AIDS in 1990. Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
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