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The celluloid closet

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Summary

Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist cinema of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentat...

Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist cinema of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentators provide anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians on the silver screen.

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Creator
Home Box Office presents in association with Channel 4, ZDF/Arte, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment ; in association with Hugh M. Hefner, James C. Hormel, Steve Tisch ; a Telling Pictures production
Format
Videos, Slides, Films
Publication
  • Special edition
  • Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2001
Physical Details
  • 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
ISBNs
9780767849005, 0767849000
OCLC
ocm48064825
Credits
  • Narrator: Lily Tomlin. Commentary: Tom Hanks, Tony Curtis, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Fierstein, Shirley MacLaine, Gore Vidal
  • Director of photography, Nancy Schreiber ; editors, Jeffrey Friedman, Arnold Glassman ; story, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Sharon Wood ; narration writer, Armistead Maupin ; music, Carter Burwell ; vocal performance, K.D. Lang ; co-producer, Michael Lumpkin ; producer/directors, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

  • Originally produced for television broadcast in 1996.
  • Based on the book by Vito Russo.
  • Special features: Commentary with filmmakers Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Lily Tomlin, producer Howard Rosenman, editor Arnold Glassman, author Vito Russo ; bonus trailers ; collection of outtakes ; talent files ; interactive menus ; production notes including letters from Gore Vidal and Charlton Heston ; scene selections.
  • DVD; Dolby Digital.
  • Closed-captioned.

  • Gay images -- From the very beginning -- Enter the sissy -- Morocco -- Queen Christina -- Cold-hearted villains -- The Maltese falcon -- Rope -- Behind bars -- Young man with a horn -- Tea and sympathy -- Rebel without a cause -- Ben-Hur -- Blurring the lines -- Gentlemen prefer blondes -- Tony Curtis -- Victim -- The children's hour -- Advise & consent -- Unhappy gay people -- The boys in the band -- Cabaret -- Cruising -- Making love -- Sunday, bloody Sunday -- Women who love each other -- Philadelphia
  • Special features: Commentary with filmmakers Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Lily Tomlin, producer Howard Rosenman, editor Arnold Glassman, author Vito Russo ; bonus trailers ; collection of outtakes ; talent files ; interactive menus ; production notes including letters from Gore Vidal and Charlton Heston ; scene selections