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The Celluloid Closet
A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.
What "That's Entertainment" did for movie musicals, "The Celluloid Closet" does for Hollywood homosexuality, as this exuberant, eye-opening movie serves up a dazzling hundred-year history of the role of gay men and lesbians have had on the silver screen. Lily Tomlin narrates as Oscar-winning moviemaker Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt) and Jeffrey Friedman assemble fabulous footage from 120 films showing the changing face of cinema sexuality, from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Curtis, Harvey Fierstein and Gore Vidal are just a few of the many actors, writers and commentators who provide funny and insightful anecdotes.
"Hollywood, that great maker of myths, taught straight people what to think about gays and gay people what to think about themselves."
As much as I love film, and television, and books, as much as I love reading stories and hearing stories and watching stories, they betrayed me. In many ways, Hollywood and television and novels were my education on gay life (until I got, you know, an actual education on gay life). While I was too far in the closet (both to myself and to everyone around me) to find "gay" stories, if I discovered something with gay characters that was still "straight" enough for me to watch without raising suspicion, I did. And the characters were either the…
Based on the book by Vito russo, The Celluloid Closet takes a look at homosexuality in the history of film, from the very beginning of the medium up to the 90's. This is honestly one of the best documentaries made, and is consistently fascinating. It made me want to check out some of the films that are mentioned that I have not seen like The Boys in the Band and Cruisin.
From the Hayes/Production Code and the Legion of Decency to the exploration of sexuality after the 70's, homosexual characters have been negatively been portrayed in Hollywood cinema in the past (and sometimes still are today). Characters that are either murderers, dangerous people or feel tremendous guilt for 'being' a…
The biggest problem with a lot of documentaries is that they can date themselves more fictional stories. This movie certainly suffers from being dated, and that's the largest mark against it. It would certainly be interesting to see an updated version, looking at how the portrayal of gays and lesbians has changed in the past fifteen years.
That being said, there's still some fascinating material here and there's some great interviews. Honestly, it's worth watching just to see Gore Vidal talk about Ben Hur, or Susan Sarandon discuss The Hunger. They're just two of the great personalities who discuss past work on screen.
Eye-opening doc about the portrayal of gay men and women in movies. Some excellent interviews and a few points that really make you think about what you've been watching your whole life.
Great documentary about homosexuality in Hollywood film, with many wonderful examples from silent films to the beginning of the 90s. It both deals with explicit scenes and hidden messages, like the wonderful gun scene in Red River where guns stand for something else. Show me yours and I will show you mine... :)
The film has interviews with famous people within the film industry and homosexuals who tell of their experience going to the movies.
What I really missed here is at least some more examples of what was happening outside of Hollywood. Many of the films made outside Hollywood were big in USA and did affect the dialog. What I'm saying is that I just wish it was…
I HATE STRAIGHT PEOPLE
Good doc about the history of homosexuality in movies. Its quite out of date at this point, but it was kind of nice to see this subject through the lens of the mid 90s.
Showed this to Mom and Dad.
This is the definitive film based on Vito Russo's book that discusses queer depictions in movie history. Smart and touching. Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman in attendance with Armistead Maupin (who scripted Lily Tomlin's narration).
I've always enjoyed this because of how insightful and eye opening it is. Watching this 21 years later, it is still amazing of the progression of homosexuality on screen from the earliest days of cinema until 1995. I would love to see how in the 21 years that has even progressed more. Obviously it has a lot. The Celluloid Closet takes a subject you wouldn't even think about in the cinema and breaks down the closet walls to expose it all. For LGBT supporters and film fans alike it's a good one!
it's time for a sequel to this important film documentary
celluloid closet 2: dead lesbian boogaloo
This documentary was made in the mid-90s and took a look at the history (or lack of history) of gay themes in Hollywood movies over the years. It was interesting to watch this slightly dated look at this subject given how ubiquitous talk of representation and identity politics is in the film discourse these days. This is by and large a historical survey on the subject and does a good job of illustrating why some movies which seemed pretty straightforward to my eyes have long been analyzed for having hidden (sometimes unintentional, usually not) gay themes. Certainly not a flashy doc, but I think it is more than just a DVD extra and is worth looking at.
I think this originally showed on HBO. Interesting doc about homosexuality in film. It was informative.
Rewatching this however long after the first time was interesting because I got to think about it more as a documentary of it's time, that time being the mid nineties (and wow does it feel 90s), and thinking about what it predicts and how it approaches it's topic as an adaptation of writings that were already for a fairly different time in cinema.
This is a very highly recommended movie documentary, with a focus on gay and lesbian movie representation that tries to keep from relying on only camp representations, it really does just act as a visual essay and it's topic is one where even if you're already familiar with it the use of films and talking heads is engaging.
And looking at where media is currently with representation and where the world is in reaction to it, it's always good to remember what came before.
wish this wasnt so whitewashed :/
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch