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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.

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Writers:
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Rob Epstein (story) ...
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Release Date:
15 March 1996 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent documentary See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lily Tomlin ... Narrator

Tony Curtis ... Himself

Susie Bright ... Herself

Arthur Laurents ... Himself

Armistead Maupin ... Himself

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Jan Oxenberg ... Herself

Harvey Fierstein ... Himself
Quentin Crisp ... Himself
Richard Dyer ... Himself

Jay Presson Allen ... Herself
Mrs. Gustav Ketterer ... Herself

Gore Vidal ... Himself

Will H. Hays ... Himself (archive footage)

Farley Granger ... Himself

Paul Rudnick ... Himself

Shirley MacLaine ... Herself
Barry Sandler ... Himself
Mart Crowley ... Himself

Antonio Fargas ... Himself

Tom Hanks ... Himself

Ron Nyswaner ... Himself

Daniel Melnick ... Himself

Harry Hamlin ... Himself

John Schlesinger ... Himself

Susan Sarandon ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demetrius Alexis ... Effeminate Young Man with Mustache (archive footage) (uncredited)

Judith Anderson ... Mrs. Danvers (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Arlen ... David Armstrong (archive footage) (uncredited)

Antonio Banderas ... Miguel Álvarez (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph I. Breen ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Steve Buscemi ... Nick (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eric Campbell ... Goliath - Stagehand (archive footage) (uncredited)
Margery Chapin ... Watches as David Armstrong Dies (archive footage) (uncredited)

Charles Chaplin ... David - Goliath's Assistant (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marguerite Churchill ... Janet Blake (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gary Cooper ... Applauds Marlene Dietrich (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tyrell Davis ... Ernest in Our Betters (1933) (uncredited)

Sandy Dennis ... Jill Banford (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marlene Dietrich ... Nightclub Performer in Tuxedo (archive footage) (uncredited)

Divine ... Himself in Hairspray (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joan Fontaine ... The Second Mrs. DeWinter (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gloria Holden ... Countess Marya Zaleska (archive footage) (uncredited)

Edward Everett Horton ... Horace Hardwick (archive footage) (uncredited)

Al Jolson ... Exclaims 'Boys Will Be Boys!' (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Marlowe ... Blonde Man Who Dances with Alexis (archive footage) (uncredited)
Josephine McKim ... Maureen O'Sullivan's Body Double for Nude Underwater Scene (archive footage) (uncredited)

Liza Minnelli ... Sally Bowles (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dermot Mulroney ... John (archive footage) (uncredited)

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dick Powell ... Standing Beside Al Jolson at Grandstand (archive footage) (uncredited)

Edna Purviance ... Kissed by David While Dressed as a Boy (archive footage) (uncredited)

Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Jack Powell (archive footage) (uncredited)

Stewart Stern ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sharon Stone ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michael York ... Brian Roberts in "Cabaret" (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Epstein 
Jeffrey Friedman 
 
Writing credits
Vito Russo (book)

Rob Epstein (story) and
Jeffrey Friedman (story) and
Sharon Wood (story)

Armistead Maupin (narration)

Produced by
Wendy Braitman .... associate producer
Bernie Brillstein .... executive producer
Michael Ehrenzweig .... associate producer
Rob Epstein .... producer
Jeffrey Friedman .... producer
Brad Grey .... executive producer
Joe Hoffman .... animation producer
Michael Lumpkin .... co-producer
Caryn Mendez .... associate producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Sheila Nevins .... producer: HBO
Howard Rosenman .... executive producer
Caroline Spry .... producer: Channel 4
Lily Tomlin .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
Nancy Schreiber 
 
Film Editing by
Jeffrey Friedman 
Arnold Glassman 
 
Production Design by
Scott Chambliss 
 
Makeup Department
Chris Laurence .... makeup artist
Pegi Levin .... makeup artist
Natasha .... makeup artist
Wendy Jill York .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joe Hoffman .... post-production supervisor
Joan Saffa .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cheryl Rosenthal .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Bonauro .... additional art director
Marianne Poravas .... swing (as Marianne Franco)
Joseph Quirk .... swing (as Joe Quirk)
 
Sound Department
Sara Bolder .... additional sound editor
Gautam Choudhury .... sound recordist
Sean England .... machine room operator
Claire Freeman .... additional sound recordist
Robert Gravenor .... sound recordist
Lora Hirschberg .... re-recording mixer
Pat Jackson .... supervising sound editor
Lauretta Molitor .... sound
Peggy Names .... sound mixer
Susan Sanford .... additional sound editor
Michael Silvers .... additional sound editor
J.T. Takagi .... sound recordist
Lora Hirschberg .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hugh Byrne .... key grip
Scott Carroll .... second assistant camera
Stacey Cohen-Maitre .... assistant camera (as Stacey Ann Cohen)
Arthur Freyer .... gaffer
Mark Goodwin .... gaffer
Stephen M. Katz .... additional camera operator
Jeff Levy .... gaffer
Kelly Elder McGowen .... assistant camera
John C. Morgan .... light operator: Vari*Lite (as John Morgan)
Vance Piper .... assistant camera
John Pirozzi .... key grip
Dave Samuel .... gaffer (as David Samuel)
Ken Sax .... still photographer
Chris Shellenberger .... key grip
Chris Trillo .... key grip
Jani Vournas .... gaffer
Dan Zarlengo .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Steve Bloom .... associate editor
George Braun .... color timer
Angela Chou .... negative cutter
Jeffrey Schwarz .... apprentice editor
Bill Weber .... editor: Western Images
 
Music Department
Carter Burwell .... conductor
Carter Burwell .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Michael Farrow .... music engineer
Geoffrey Menin .... legal consultant: music
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor
 
Other crew
Robert Bass .... assistant: Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein
Cathy L. Berger .... consultant
Allan Bérubé .... consultant
William Callahan .... production assistant
Linda Cohen .... assistant: Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein
Chris Collins .... consultant
Paul Da Silva .... consultant
Brook Dillon .... consultant
Dee Dowdy .... craft service
Tave Fasce Drake .... consultant (as Tave Fasce)
Matt Fish .... consultant (as Matthew Fish)
Juan Gatti .... title designer: main titles
Michael Günther .... consultant
Jamie Hammons .... consultant
Robert Hawk .... consultant
Tom Henthorne .... consultant
Michael Jortner .... consultant
Derrick Kardos .... production assistant
Laura Locke .... consultant
Joseph Logan .... consultant
Stephen Martin .... consultant
Bo Mehrad .... production assistant
Johanna Metger .... consultant
Linda Mix .... production office manager
Jonathan Moss .... program manager: HBO
Justin Nuttal .... consultant
Jan Oxenberg .... creative consultant
Jodi Peikoff .... legal services
Annette C. Porry .... production accountant
Danielle Portnoy .... assistant: Howard Rosenman
Keith Quinones .... consultant
Deborah Ricketts .... archive researcher
Casey Rogers .... consultant
Liz Rubin .... consultant
Norman K. Samnick .... additional legal consultant
Kent Victor Schuelke .... assistant to production manager
Laura Segal .... consultant
Jon Shenk .... production assistant
Barbara Shulman .... additional legal consultant
John Sloss .... legal services
Scott Smerdon .... lab production coordinator
Marc Smolowitz .... consultant
Spark .... security officer
Jen Speed .... consultant (as Jennifer Speed)
Sean O. Strub .... consultant
Johnny Symons .... consultant
Brett Thomas .... consultant
Y. Sue Thorpe .... consultant
Jonathan Wald .... consultant
Jack Walsh .... consultant
Helen Weiss .... consultant
Enid Zentelis .... consultant
 
Thanks
Roberta Achtenberg .... special thanks
Michele Acosta .... special thanks
Jane Anderson .... special thanks
William M. Andrews .... special thanks
Judy Bach .... special thanks
Chris Baker .... special thanks
Norm Barnett .... special thanks
Ned Bastille .... special thanks
Diane Benjamin .... special thanks
Kate Bornstein .... special thanks
Rita Mae Brown .... special thanks
Charles Busch .... special thanks
Cappy Coates .... special thanks
Janet Cole .... special thanks
Kathy Couterie .... special thanks
Donna Deitch .... special thanks
David Di Giacomo .... special thanks
Jill Diamond .... special thanks
Bob Dickenson .... special thanks
David Ehrenstein .... special thanks
Jim Flynn .... special thanks
Mary Fry .... special thanks
Bubba Geiger .... special thanks
Robert Gerber .... special thanks
Bill Guttentag .... special thanks
Marga Gómez .... special thanks
Jay Hansell .... special thanks
Mariel Hemingway .... special thanks
Victoria Hochberg .... special thanks
Deborah Hoffmann .... special thanks
Tom Horton .... special thanks
Marcus Hu .... special thanks
Richard Jennings .... special thanks
Arnie Kantrowitz .... special thanks
Josh Koral .... special thanks
Karen Larsen .... special thanks
David Leavitt .... special thanks
Brian Loucks .... special thanks
Daniel Mangin .... special thanks
Jed Mattes .... special thanks
Philip Murphy .... special thanks
Dan Murry .... special thanks
Jenni Olson .... special thanks
Mark Page .... special thanks
Laura Parker .... special thanks
Michael Patton .... special thanks
Alan Povel .... special thanks
Dan Reed .... special thanks
Frances Reid .... special thanks
Tom Reilly .... special thanks
Paul Richards .... special thanks
Mark Saltzman .... special thanks
Chris Sarandon .... special thanks
Edward Saxon .... special thanks
David Schmerler .... special thanks
Veronica Selver .... special thanks
Penelope Spheeris .... special thanks
Tom Toth .... special thanks
Rose Troche .... special thanks
Gus Van Sant .... special thanks
Cis Wilson .... special thanks
Cleo Wilson .... special thanks
John Wilson .... special thanks
William Wolf .... special thanks
Robin Wood .... special thanks
Fawn Yacker .... special thanks
Jeff Yarbrough .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for some graphic footage of sexuality and violence, and for language
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102 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Actor Michael Ontkean not only declined to be interviewed for the documentary, but also attempted to prevent clips from his film Making Love (1982) from being shown in it. He was unsuccessful.See more »
Quotes:
Shirley MacLaine:None of us were really aware. We might have been forerunners, but we weren't really, because we didn't do the picture right. We were in the mindset of not understanding what we were basically doing. These days, there would be a tremendous outcry, as well there should be...See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Crying Game (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
Secret LoveSee more »

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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Excellent documentary, 14 February 2000
Author: preppy-3 from United States

Entertaining, thought-provoking and (at times) very funny documentary chronicling gay subject matter in motion pictures from the silents up to 1995. The narration (by Lily Tomlin) is insightful and the cameos and comments by various stars who have played gay (Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry Hamlin) or are gay (Harvey Feinstein, the late Quentin Crisp, Paul Rudnick) are very entertaining and in two cases (with Susan Sarandon and Gore Vidal) utterly uproarious. Special attention should be paid to the "Ben-Hur" segment when you realize Stephen Boyd was playing it gay and Charlton Heston was totally oblivious! This is a very important film and should be seen by everybody gay OR straight. A must for film buffs. Don't miss this one! My only complaint--it's too short! The DVD version has extra interviews that are just great.

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