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The Celluloid Closet


The Celluloid Closet is a riveting and entertaining look at Hollywood and how it has both reflected and defined the way we think about homosexuality. From comic sissies to lesbian vampires, from pathetic queens to sadistic predators, from the good to the bad, gay characters have been around since the beginning.
Taking full advantage of over a hundred film clips of Hollywood classics (obtaining them for this film was no easy feat) it weaves an entertaining history lesson, expertly juxtaposing ideas and images.


  • Fascinating... a beautifully and thoughtfully made film that touches on many areas of human sexuality and human expression beyond the obvious ... a vital and artful piece of work ... Celluloid Closet is a nonfiction film that presses more emotional buttons than many a manipulative melodrama and seems of equal interest to those of every conceivable sexual identity. It's not only about how people see each other and see themselves; it's also about being human and the joy and pain and confusion that strange condition entails.
    Tom Shales, The Washington Post
  • FOUR stars: A spectacular movie movie
    Bruce Williamson, Playboy
  • Highly entertaining.
    Anita Gates, New York Times
  • Two thumbs up… Terrific.
    Siskel & Ebert
  • It’s hard to imagine a documentary more elegant, intelligent and absorbing.
    Edward Guthman, San Francisco Chronicle
  • That’s Entertainment with a difference… snappy, glamorous, enjoyable… a testimony to the power of the movies.
    J. Hoberman, Premiere
  • Immensely entertaining.
    David Rooney, Variety
  • Sheer fun.
    Janet Maslin, New York Times

Festival Participation

  • Venice Film Festival - Premiere
  • Berlin Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
    Freedom of Expression Award
  • Emmy Award
    Non Fiction Directing
  • George Foster Peobody Award
    Excellence in Broadcasting
  • Columbia-DuPont Award
    Excellence in Broadcast journalism

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