The Celluloid Closet

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1996

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Director:
Rob Epstein , Jeffrey Friedman
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
The Celluloid Closet is a documentary film that touches on issues within the LGBT community, specifically within the Hollywood scene. The movie is based on a book written by legendary gay-rights activist Vito Russo, who died of AIDS before the film was finished. Vito's book was adapted to film by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, who both also directed the film. Although the film was completed in 1990, it was not released until 1996 when laws and opinions surrounding homosexuals were topical and dramatic. The film asks members of the Hollywood community about their experiences with gays and lesbians in film. The interviewees also offer their opinions on the homosexual undertones of several Hollywood films including Spartacus, and Rope and Thelma and Louise. The real purpose of the film is to decrease skepticism around homosexual tendencies in men and women. The documentary does have a more subtle and positive tone than the book, which is what Vito Russo intended. The Celluloid Closet is lauded as one of the most successful movements in gay-rights and has received many accolades and awards including four Emmy award nominations.moreless

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