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The Celluloid Closet (1995)

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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A comprehensive documentary of the history of gays and lesbians in cinema, from negative to positive reflections of gay characters and the troubles of actors and actresses. Written by R. John Berggren <jberg@nina.pagesz.net>

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Rated R for some graphic footage of sexuality and violence, and for language | See all certifications »
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15 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Celluloid Closet  »

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$1,507,800 (USA)
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Jack Lemmon declined to be interviewed for this film. See more »

Quotes

Quentin Crisp: Mainstream people dislike homosexuality because they can't help concentrating on what homosexual men do to one another. And when you contemplate what people do, you think of yourself doing it. And they don't like that. That's the famous joke: I don't like peas, and I'm glad I don't like them, because if I liked them I would eat them and I hate them.
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Features A Wanderer of the West (1927) See more »

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Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Adamson
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Eye Opener!
12 June 2003 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

I think this documentary is a total eye-opener. It gave me an insight into the American film history with respect to the particular topic of homosexuality. There are many original film clips as examples, and also have actors who performed the respective roles to comment on their views of this topic. This makes the documentary so convincing and credible.


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