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The Celluloid Closet

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's documentary 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. Interviewees include Susan Sarandon, Tony Curtis, Shirley MacLaine and Tom Hanks, among others. The film is based on the 1981 book by Vito Russo.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 82107

  • Critic Reviews
    "...Snappy, glamorous, enjoyable..."

    "...The force of prejudice this film reveals will send you reeling..."
    Rolling Stone

    Sight and Sound

    "...The film is packed with savvily chosen screen scene..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...An immensely entertaining, galloping reflection on screen perceptions of lesbians and gay men, from the humorous to the heinous to the heartening..."

    "...A remarkable and involving documentary that is literally eye-opening..."
    Los Angeles Times

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