Films featured in The Celluloid Closet

The Celluloid Closet is a 1996 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film is based on the 1981 (revised 1987) book of the same name written by Vito Russo, and on previous lecture and film clip presentations given in person by Russo 1972–82.

The documentary interviews various men and women connected to the Hollywood industry to comment on various film clips and their own personal experiences with the treatment of LGBT characters in film. From the sissy characters, to the censorship of the Hollywood Production Code, the coded gay characters and cruel stereotypes to the changes made in the early 1990s. (wiki)

Here is a list of film excerpts in The Celluloid Closet from wiki.

  • 48 Hrs.
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • Advise & Consent
  • Algie the Miner
  • An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Another Country
  • Basic Instinct
  • Behind the Screen
  • Ben-Hur
  • The Boys in the Band
  • Boys on the Side
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • The Broadway Melody
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Cabaret
  • Caged
  • Calamity Jane
  • Call Her Savage
  • Car Wash
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • The Children's Hour
  • The Chocolate War
  • The Color Purple
  • Continental Divide
  • Crossfire
  • Cruising
  • The Crying Game
  • Dancing Lady
  • Desert Hearts
  • The Detective
  • Dracula's Daughter
  • Dream a Little Dream
  • Edward II
  • The Fan
  • The Fox
  • Freebie and the Bean
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • The Gay Divorcee
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Gilda
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Go Fish
  • Hairspray
  • Heathers
  • Heaven Help Us
  • The Hours and Times
  • The Hunger
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Johnny Guitar
  • The Killing of Sister George
  • La Cage aux Folles
  • Ladies They Talk About
  • Lianna
  • The Living End
  • Longtime Companion
  • The Lost Weekend
  • Lover Come Back
  • Making Love
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Midnight Express
  • Mo' Money
  • Morocco
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • My Beautiful Laundrette
  • My Bodyguard
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • Next Stop, Greenwich Village
  • Night Shift
  • North Dallas Forty
  • Parting Glances
  • Partners
  • Personal Best
  • Philadelphia
  • Pillow Talk
  • Poison
  • Queen Christina
  • Rebecca
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Red River
  • Repo Man
  • Rope
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Silkwood
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Spartacus
  • Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Swoon
  • Tarzan and His Mate
  • Tea and Sympathy
  • Teen Wolf
  • Their First Mistake
  • Thelma & Louise
  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  • Top Hat
  • Torch Song Trilogy
  • Vanishing Point
  • Victim
  • Victor Victoria