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The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | November 1997 (USA)
A film scrapbook, images, phrases from our past, hiding their meanings behind veils. Let's lift those veils, one by one, to find how images, at one time seeming innocent, have revealed, after decades, to have homosexual overtones.


Mark Rappaport




Credited cast:
Dan Butler ... Host / Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Ameche ... Self (archive footage)
Johnny Arthur ... Self (archive footage)
Lucille Ball ... Self (archive footage)
Noah Beery Jr. ... Self (archive footage)
Eric Blore ... Self (archive footage)
Humphrey Bogart ... Self (archive footage)
Marlon Brando ... Self (archive footage)
Walter Brennan ... Self (archive footage)
Montgomery Clift ... Self (archive footage)
Claudette Colbert ... Self (archive footage)
Gary Cooper ... Self (archive footage)
Joan Crawford ... Self (archive footage)
John Dall ... Self (archive footage)
Bette Davis ... Self (archive footage)


Filmmaker Mark Rappaport cleans out the proverbial closet of Hollywood and film history and unearths a veritable treasure of homo-erotic and gay subliminal gems, including everything from comedies to westerns, film-noir to musicals, and everything in between. Host/narrator Dan Butler leads us through a fun, but extensively documented, exploration of gay film history, from subliminal subtext to clearly visible. Included are many film clips of classic films and golden age stars. Written by trivwhiz

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Even though this film is about gay subtexts or undercurrents in movies of the 1930s-1960s, there are no references or clips from movies which were specifically, or at least more overtly, about gay subject matter, even for comparison, such as Victim (1961), The Children's Hour (1961), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Staircase (1969), or Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), all of which were early mass market gay films. See more »


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Dreadfully dull
12 October 2000 | by CitymarsSee all my reviews

Practically unwatchable documentary that best serves to make one appreciate the talent behind "The Celluloid Closet." The narrator/host (Dan Butler) is first seen inserted into a movie still, a device that grows quickly tiresome. Then he talks. And talks. And talks. The stunning amount of narration swamps whatever pleasure one might have in watching the film clips, a few of which would otherwise have merit.

Furthermore, the filmmaker goes to ridiculous lengths to promote his "spot the closet case" premise: Rappaport (also the director and writer of the vastly overrated "Rock Hudson's Home Movies") seems to believe that any display of love or affection between men is "gay."

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