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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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Vito Russo (book), Rob Epstein (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lily Tomlin ... Narrator
Tony Curtis ... Himself
Susie Bright ... Herself
Arthur Laurents ... Himself
Armistead Maupin ... Himself
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Jan Oxenberg Jan Oxenberg ... Herself
Harvey Fierstein ... Himself
Quentin Crisp Quentin Crisp ... Himself
Richard Dyer Richard Dyer ... Himself
Jay Presson Allen ... Herself
Mrs. Gustav Ketterer Mrs. Gustav Ketterer ... Herself
Gore Vidal ... Himself
Will H. Hays ... Himself (archive footage)
Farley Granger ... Himself
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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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Country:

France | UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Celluloid Closet See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,507,800
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Lemmon declined to be interviewed for this film. See more »

Quotes

Susie Bright: [on Johnny Guitar] It's amazing how if you're a gay audience and you're accustomed to crumbs, how you will watch an entire movie just to see somebody wear an outfit that you think means that they are homosexual. The whole movie can be a dud, but you're just sitting there waiting for Joan Crawford to put on her black cowboy shirt again.
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Features Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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Heat of the Moment
Written by Willie DeVille
Performed by Willie DeVille
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Excellent documentary
14 February 2000 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

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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