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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.
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…
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.
Pretty much an encyclopedia of queer representation, overt and tacit, from cinema's birth, through its inglorious ousting in the 60s & 70s, to its thriving and complicit coming out in the 80s & 90s. I have a lot of LGBTQ-history homework to do, it seems. Probably not a good sign that it still feels urgently relevant 20 years later, when people are accused of "reading too much into" films so they may fit their narrative.
Queerness is still masked, however thinly, in films like 'When Marnie Was There', 'Frances Ha' and even 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', with varying degrees of secrecy. Even as films like 'Carol', 'The Duke of Burgundy' and 'The New Girlfriend' busting the doors down in positive, self-affirming…
Lively and informative: the best film documentaries are the ones that make you scribble down a list of movies to go watch later, so The Celluloid Closet excels, especially during its excellent pre-Code section.
This looks back at homosexuality in movies. From the 20s, 30s, 40,s 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. It looks at the bad old days when gays and lesbians in films were sad jokes, something to pity, To be cured, evil killers. It looks at how words like faggot, fag, queer are used. And how slowly things are getting better. Well made and a good watch.
I HATE STRAIGHT PEOPLE
if you're gay and you love movies you need to watch this immediately
required viewing tbh
refreshingly honest about being about gay and lesbian movie history, that is, does not pretend that it is going to discuss bi and/or trans issues and then deal with them terribly.
provides a compelling historical overview of gay and lesbian representations in film, with a diverse cast of interviewees.
contains a truly disarming montage of use of the f-slur in movies, bewildering to me personally because I just... don't think of Nicolas cage as someone who says stuff like that on film. popular tropes really have changed.
then again, they haven't changed that much. a lot of the tropes in the celluloid closet are horrifically recognizable.
anyway, having watched the celluloid closet I feel very inspired to watch a lot of the movies it mentions and clips from.
has one interviewee who talks about how things were better before the race war, which was fucking horrifying.
Watched this while folding laundry. Great expository on gays and lesbians in film history, though I wish it went a little more in-depth than what I already knew before watching it.
A really thorough documentary on the history of Hollywood's depiction of homosexuality. I can't help but imagine a more discursive structure, rather than a chronological one, would help make the documentary more interesting (particularly if you're already familiar with the subject to an extent) and Hollywood's relationship to LGBTQIA in the '90s, with the benefit of hindsight, is not as friendly as this documentary suggests. "Silence of the Lambs" was not a positive representation, nor was "Basic instinct," or even "Philadelphia" to an extent.
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Week 22: LGBT
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As someone who literally watches movies every day, I often forget that movies pervade, inform and generally shape the society they reflect. I realise this is the point of my challenge but when watching something like The Celluloid Closet, an almost immediate shift occurs that shines a spotlight on something we all take for granted.
Put together in an era of booming acceptance, expanding visibility and an opening on both sides of this issue, The Celluloid Closet takes a look at the history of homosexual representation in film from the earliest silent films to…
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch
Documentaries about movies or anything to do with movies. And yes, some of these stretch the definition of "documentary" quite…