The Celluloid Closet: still relevant in a time of gay marriage
Gay marriage in California was unthinkable when THE CELLULOID CLOSET premiered. The notion this film would have the staying power to be relevant in 2008 seemed equally unlikely when the film came out.
But what "That's Entertainment" did for movie musicals, THE CELLULOID CLOSET does for Hollywood homosexuality. It is an exuberant eye-opening movie serves up a dazzling hundred-year history of the role of gay men and lesbians have had on the silver screen.
Lily Tomlin narrates as Oscar®-winning moviemaker Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt) and Jeffrey Friedman assemble fabulous footage from 120 films showing the changing face of cinema sexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Tom Hanks Susan Sarandon Whoopi Goldberg Tony Curtis Harvey Fierstein and Gore Vidal are just a few of the many actors writers and commentators who provide funny and insightful anecdotes.
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Since: Jan 08
#1 May 30, 2008
As a college professor, I show this film in all my multiculturalism classes. It is vital in understanding the process of marginalization, and the creation of stereotypes. Anyone who hasn't see the DVD should, it's available through both Netflix and Blockbuster.
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