The Celluloid Closet

(USA/Great Britain/Germany, 1995, 101 minutes)

The story of the representation of homosexuality in American cinema from its early days to the mid-1990s. Despite what the somewhat dry subject matter might suggest, this is in fact an entertaining, authoritative documentary in classic “talking heads” mode, enlivened by stunning archival research and editing.

A Sony Pictures Classics release. Home Box Office presents, in association with Channel 4, ZDF/ARTE, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Hugh M. Hefner, James C. Hormel, Steve Tisch, a Telling Pictures production.
Narrated by Lily Tomlin.
Directed and produced by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; based on the book by Vito Russo, The Celluloid Closet; narration written by Armistead Maupin; story by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Sharon Wood; music by Carter Burwell; director of photography (Monaco Labs), Nancy Schreiber; art director, Scott Chambliss; film editors, Jeffrey Friedman, Arnold Glassman.


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