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The Celluloid Closet ()


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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.
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Jan Oxenberg ...
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Quentin Crisp ...
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Richard Dyer ...
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Mrs. Gustav Ketterer ...
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Barry Sandler ...
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Mart Crowley ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demetrius Alexis ...
Effeminate Young Man with Mustache (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Mrs. Danvers (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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David Armstrong (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Miguel Álvarez (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Joseph I. Breen ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Nick (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Eric Campbell ...
Goliath - Stagehand (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Margery Chapin ...
Watches as David Armstrong Dies (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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David - Goliath's Assistant (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Janet Blake (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Applauds Marlene Dietrich (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Ernest in Our Betters (1933) (uncredited)
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Jill Banford (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Nightclub Performer in Tuxedo (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself in Hairspray (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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The Second Mrs. DeWinter (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Countess Marya Zaleska (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Horace Hardwick (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Exclaims 'Boys Will Be Boys!' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
John Marlowe ...
Blonde Man Who Dances with Alexis (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Maureen O'Sullivan's Body Double for Nude Underwater Scene (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Sally Bowles (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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John (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Jane (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Standing Beside Al Jolson at Grandstand (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Kissed by David While Dressed as a Boy (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Jack Powell (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Tarzan (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Brian Roberts in "Cabaret" (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Rob Epstein
Jeffrey Friedman

Written by

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Vito Russo ... (book)
 
Rob Epstein ... (story) and
Jeffrey Friedman ... (story) and
Sharon Wood ... (story)
 
Armistead Maupin ... (narration)

Produced by

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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 / producer: HBO
Howard Rosenman ... executive producer
Caroline Spry ... producer: Channel 4
Lily Tomlin ... co-executive producer

Music by

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Carter Burwell

Cinematography by

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Nancy Schreiber

Film Editing by

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Jeffrey Friedman
Arnold Glassman

Editorial Department

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Steve Bloom ... associate editor
George Braun ... color timer
Angela Chou ... negative cutter
Jeffrey Schwarz ... apprentice editor
Bill Weber ... editor: Western Images

Production Design by

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Scott Chambliss

Makeup Department

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Chris Laurence ... makeup artist
Pegi Levin ... makeup artist
Natasha ... makeup artist
Wendy Jill York ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Joe Hoffman ... post-production supervisor
Joan Saffa ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Cheryl Rosenthal ... assistant director

Art Department

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Tom Bonauro ... additional art director
Marianne Poravas ... swing (as Marianne Franco)
Joseph Quirk ... swing (as Joe Quirk)

Sound Department

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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

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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

Music Department

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Carter Burwell ... conductor / orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Michael Farrow ... music engineer
Geoffrey Menin ... legal consultant: music
Adam Milo Smalley ... music editor

Other crew

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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

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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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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Celluloid Closet (France)
  • Gefangen in der Traumfabrik (Germany)
  • El celuloide oculto (Spain)
  • O Outro Lado de Hollywood (Brazil)
  • Celluloidowy schowek (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Trivia The filmmakers originally planned a sequence discussing how gay historical figures were portrayed as heterosexual in films. They aborted the sequence when Richard Burton's estate denied the rights to Alexander the Great (1956), MGM denied use of Hans Christian Andersen (1952) (fearing that the filmmakers were trying to "out" Danny Kaye) and Charlton Heston declined use of The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) (claiming that Michelangelo was heterosexual). See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Rescued from the Closet (2001). See more »
Soundtracks The Song from Advise and Consent 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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