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Vito -- The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.

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Cast

 
Phyllis Antonellis ... Herself
Richard Barrios ... Himself
Richard Berkowitz ... Himself
Lenny Bloom ... Himself
Jay Blotcher ... Himself
Reverend Malcolm Boyd ... Himself
Joseph Brewer ... Himself
Lee Brewster ... Himself (archive footage)

Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcus A. Conant ... Himself (archive footage)

Bette Davis ... (archive footage)

Doris Day ... (archive footage)
Michael Denneny ... Himself
Mama Jean DeVente ... Herself (archive footage)

Marlene Dietrich ... (archive footage)
David Ehrenstein ... Himself

Rob Epstein ... Himself
Arthur Evans ... Himself

Albert Finney ... Mark Wallace (archive footage)
Jim Fouratt ... Himself

Jeffrey Friedman ... Himself

Greta Garbo ... Christina (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... (archive footage)
Jon Gartenberg ... Himself
Howard Grossman ... Himself
Robert Hawk ... Himself
Jesse Helms ... Himself (archive footage)

Audrey Hepburn ... Karen Wright / Joanna Wallace (archive footage)

Rock Hudson ... (archive footage)
Karla Jay ... Herself
Marsha P. Johnson ... Herself (archive footage)
Arnie Kantrowitz ... Himself
Lester Kinsolving ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Kramer ... Himself
Steve Krotz ... Himself
Michael Lumpkin ... Himself

Shirley MacLaine ... Martha Dobie (archive footage)
Lou Maletta ... Himself
Eric Marcus ... Himself

Armistead Maupin ... Himself
Tommi Avicolli Mecca ... Himself

Bette Midler ... Herself (archive footage)

Harvey Milk ... Himself (archive footage)
Don Murray ... Senator Brigham Anderson (archive footage)
Jean O'Leary ... Herself (archive footage)
Hal Offen ... Himself

Jenni Olson ... Herself
Jim Owles ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcia Pally ... Herself
Felice Picano ... Himself

Nancy Reagan ... Herself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Sylvia Rivera ... Herself (archive footage)
Pat Rocco ... Himself (archive footage)
Denise Romanello ... Herself
Howard Rosenman ... Himself
Gabriel Rotello ... Himself
Marc Rubin ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Russo ... Himself
Vito Russo ... Himself (archive footage)
James M. Saslow ... Himself
F. Allen Sawyer ... Himself
Michael Schiavi ... Himself
Jeffrey Sevcik ... Himself (archive footage)
Michelangelo Signorile ... Himself
Scott Thomas Smith ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Socaridies ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeffrey Sosnick ... Himself
Larry Speakes ... Himself (archive footage)
Nancy Stoller ... Herself

Barbra Streisand ... Dolly Levi (archive footage)
Sean O. Strub ... Himself (as Sean Strub)
Mark Thompson ... Himself

Lily Tomlin ... Herself

Bruce Vilanch ... Himself
Bruce Voeller ... Himself (archive footage)

Mike Wallace ... Himself (archive footage)
Rich Wandel ... Himself
Randolfe Wicker ... Himself (archive footage)
John Morgan Wilson ... Himself
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Directed by
Jeffrey Schwarz 
 
Produced by
Jon Glover .... associate producer
Philip Harrison .... co-producer
John Hoffman .... supervising producer: HBO
Lotti Pharriss Knowles .... co-producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Adam Robitel .... associate producer
Jeffrey Schwarz .... producer
Bryan Singer .... executive producer
Steven Solomon .... line producer
Taryn Teigue .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Miriam Cutler 
 
Cinematography by
David Quantic 
 
Film Editing by
Philip Harrison 
 
Makeup Department
Leslie Ann Banfitch .... makeup artist
Bonita DeHaven .... makeup artist: Lily Tomlin
Galaxy San Juan .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jose Guzman .... post-production supervisor
Donovan Kosters .... additional post-production supervisor
 
Art Department
Taryn Teigue .... photo retouching
 
Sound Department
Russell Creak .... sound effects editor
Cat Gray .... sound recordist
Kamal John Iskander .... sound recordist
Jeff Kushner .... sound designer: supervising sound editor
Salvador Luna .... sound recordist
Joe Milner .... sound re-recording mixer
Raymond V. Moore .... sound recordist (as Ray Moore)
Arran Murphy .... sound recordist
Justin Schier .... sound recordist
Chris White .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Conant .... camera operator: additional photography
Dan DeJesus .... camera operator: additional photography
David A. Ford .... camera operator: additional photography
 
Editorial Department
Akemi Abe .... digital restoration
Andrew Ahn .... post-production assistant
Geri Atos .... assistant editor
Kerim Duran .... assistant editor
Tony Dustin .... digital colorist
Mark Gutensohn .... post-production assistant
Jose Guzman .... post-production supervisor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Bruce Lomet .... digital intermediate producer
Michael Moncreiff .... account executive
Leigh Myles .... post-production intern
Mike Nichols .... on-line editor
Alex O'Flinn .... post-production assistant
David Quantic .... post-production assistant
James Roddy .... assistant editor
Anne Zeitlin .... post-production intern
 
Music Department
Michael Aarvold .... score mixer
Charlie Adelphia .... woodwinds
Stephanie Bennett .... harp
Pasa Doble .... musican: strings
Louis Durra .... musican: piano and organ
Ira Ingber .... musician: electric and acoustic guitars
Jerry Kalaf .... drums
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum .... orchestrator
Jeff Kryka .... scoring assistant
Carl Sealove .... musician: acoustic and electric bass
Lee Thornburg .... brass
 
Other crew
Michael Abramson .... archival material
Stephen Altobello .... research assistant
Gene Bagnato .... archival material
Robbie Banfitch .... production assistant
Adam Baran .... transcriptions
Rachel Barnsley .... archival material
John Benson .... archival material
Richard Berkowitz .... archival material
Donna Binder .... archival material
Zane Blaney .... archival material
Jay Blotcher .... archival material
Neal Boenzi .... archival material
John Caldwell .... archival material
Lisa Callif .... clearance services
J.T. Chestnut .... production intern
Carol T. Contes .... legal services (as Carol Contes)
Josh Corbo .... production intern
Jane P. Davis .... production controller
Donna Deitch .... archival material
Bob Deutsch .... archival material
Tina Di Feliciantonio .... archival material
Michael Donaldson .... clearance services
Jerry Douglas .... archival material
Glenn Gebhard .... archival material
Rick Gerharter .... archival material
Robert Giard .... archival material
Jon Glover .... research and clearance
Jillian Gomez .... production intern
Thomas Griesel .... archival material
Thomas Griesel .... archival material
Howard Grossman .... archival material
Darin Hollingsworth .... photo scanning
John Ignacio .... production accountant
Little Joe .... security
William R. Johnson .... archival material
Arnie Kantrowitz .... archival material
Adam Keleman .... research assistant
Adam Keleman .... transcriptions
Sean Patrick Kennedy .... production intern
Barbara Kerr .... archival material
John V. Knowles .... web site designer (as John Knowles)
Bettye Lane .... archival material
Lou Maletta .... archival material
Fred McDarrah .... archival material
Douglas Miller .... archival material
Larry Morris .... archival material
Grant Nellessen .... additional motion graphics
Brian Nolan .... photo scanning
Hal Offen .... archival material
Jenni Olson .... archival material
Mark Page .... creative consultant
Wakefield Poole .... archival material
Alon Reininger .... archival material
Kenneth Robinson .... archival material
Pat Rocco .... archival material
Denise Romanello .... archival material
Charles Russo .... archival material
June Schwarz .... research assistant
Jonathan Silin .... archival material
Jill Slattery .... production intern
Lee Snider .... archival material
Peter Staley .... archival material
Gene Stavis .... archival material
Peter Stickles .... photo scanning
Peter Stickles .... transcriptions
Nancy Stoller .... archival material
Sean O. Strub .... archival material (as Sean Strub)
Kieran Turner .... transcriptions
Suzy Vaughan .... clearance services
Lilli M. Vincenz .... archival material
Rosa von Praunheim .... archival material
Rich Wandel .... archival material
Nic Weinstein .... researcher
James Wentzy .... archival material
Randolfe Wicker .... archival material
Courtney Zito .... photo scanning
 
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A good documentary., 25 July 2012
Author: Matt Kracht (krachtm@yahoo.com) from New York

I had never heard of Vito Russo before I watched this documentary, which makes me feel a bit bad. He was highly influential in both the gay rights and AIDS awareness campaigns, eventually dying of AIDS-related complications in 1990.

I have to admit, I was a little bit worried that the documentary would be too niche for me to enjoy. I had just watched a documentary about bird watchers in Central Park, and that had been a bit boring. So, when I saw that this was about a gay rights activist, I was a little skeptical that it might interest me, even though I'm a big supporter. It turns out that this is actually quite well done, with some interesting interviews and enough information that people like me can understand the importance and influence of Vito Russo.

As the documentary went on, I found myself more and more impressed with Russo, agreeing with him quite often. It would have been interesting to see what he thought of Clinton and his "don't ask, don't tell" policy. I have a feeling that Russo would have blasted Clinton for that. Unfortunately, we'll never know.

While not quite as good as Crumb or King of Kong, this is still a good documentary, and I can readily recommend it to anyone, as long as they're not homophobic. Russo was a progressive, so his politics may alienate Republicans, but I doubt that many of them are going to be watching this, anyway.

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