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The Celluloid Closet

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Original title
The Celluloid Closet
Year
Running time
102 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
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Screenwriter
Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Sharon Wood
Music
Carter Burwell
Cinematography
Nancy Schreiber
Cast
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Producer
Arte / Brillstein-Grey Entertainment / Channel Four Films / Columbia Pictures Television / Home Box Office / Sony Pictures Classics / Telling Pictures / Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
Genre
Documentary | Movie Documentary. Gay & Lesbian
Synopsis / Plot
Author Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City) wrote Lily Tomlin's narration for this superb documentary, based on a book by the late Vito Russo, about Hollywood's treatment of homosexual characters in this century. Never pointing a finger at anyone in the film community, The Celluloid Closet presents clips from more than 100 mainstream features (including The Children's Hour, Advise and Consent, The Boys in the Band, and The Hunger) that speak loudly in their respective images of gays and lesbians. The Celluloid Closet makes a persuasive case for patterns of sexual mythology in Hollywood, such as presenting homosexuals repeatedly as tragic, helpless figures redeemed only through death or as back-street monsters cavorting in the shadows. Things change, of course, and clips from more recent films by gay and lesbian filmmakers suggest a more vital, diverse, autobiographical approach. There are lots of great interviews with screenwriters (Gore Vidal), filmmakers (John Schlesinger), actors (Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg), and others to enunciate the major themes.
Awards
1996: Sundance: Freedom of Expression Award
1996: 4 nominations for Emmy award
1996: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Truer Than Fiction Award
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