The Celluloid Closet

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The Celluloid Closet, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's entertaining and penetrating look at the history of homosexual characters in films, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary by directors Epstein and Friedman, producer Howard Rosenman, editor Arnold Glassman, and narrator Lili Tomlin. Also ...
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Overview

The Celluloid Closet, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's entertaining and penetrating look at the history of homosexual characters in films, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary by directors Epstein and Friedman, producer Howard Rosenman, editor Arnold Glassman, and narrator Lili Tomlin. Also available are bonus trailers, talent files, production notes that include words from Charleton Heston and Gore Vidal, and further commentary from Vito Russo whose book was the starting point for this excellent documentary. Columbia/TriStar has done a fabulous job with this DVD that is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in movies or gay and lesbian issues.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and video; Full-screen presentation; Audio: English 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Subtitles: English; Commentary with filmmakers Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Lily Tomlin, producer Howard Rosenman, and editor Arnold Glassman; Additional commentary with author Vito Russo; Bonus trailers; Collection of outtakes; Talent files; Interactive menus; Production notes including letters from Gore Vidal and Charlton Heston; Scene selections; Director weblink
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
In transferring the important work of the late Vito Russo to the screen, the question was whether filmmakers Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jeffrey Friedman would be able to obtain the proper clips to illustrate Russo's points about the portrayal of homosexuality in Hollywood films. The Celluloid Closet, happy to say, delivers the key illustrative material and adds commentary and reminiscences from a number of film personnel (actors, writers, directors, producers) to give even more perspective to a long-neglected subject. This is not an exposé of who's out of and who's still in the closet in Hollywood, but a more serious discussion of the clever ways that filmmakers of the so-called Golden Age were able to suggest the sexual orientation of certain characters, and how the transition to a more explicit and honest portrayal was made. The film is free of cant and preaching; it recognizes the difficult circumstances under which artists were laboring for many years. And there are moments of playfulness, too, as when Gore Vidal remembers his little conspiracy with actor Stephen Boyd and director William Wyler to suggest an extra dimension to the relationship between the male leads in Ben-Hur.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2001
  • UPC: 043396821071
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Nyswaner
Lily Tomlin Voice Only
Jay Presson Allen Interviewee
Joseph Breen Interviewee
Susie Bright Interviewee
Tony Curtis Interviewee
Harvey Fierstein Interviewee
Whoopi Goldberg Interviewee
Tom Hanks Interviewee
Susan Sarandon Interviewee
Gore Vidal Interviewee
Antonio Banderas
Sharon Stone
Quentin Crisp Interviewee
Mart Crowley Interviewee
Richard Dyer Interviewee
Antonio Fargas Interviewee
Farley Granger Interviewee
Harry Hamlin Interviewee
Arthur Laurents Interviewee
Shirley MacLaine Interviewee
Daniel Melnick Interviewee
Jan Oxenberg Interviewee
Paul Rudnick Interviewee
Barry Sandler Interviewee
John Schlesinger Interviewee
Armistead Maupin
Stewart Stern
Technical Credits
Robert Epstein Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Jeffrey Friedman Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Tom Bonauro Art Director
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer, Songwriter
Scott A. Chambliss Production Designer
Arnold Glassman Editor
Brad Grey Executive Producer
Pat Jackson Musical Direction/Supervision
k.d. lang Score Composer
Armistead Maupin Screenwriter
Bruce Miller Camera Operator
Lauretta Molitor Sound/Sound Designer
Natasha Makeup
Sheila Nevins Producer
Jan Oxenberg Consultant/advisor
Zvi Howard Rosenman Executive Producer
Nancy Schreiber Cinematographer
Lily Tomlin Co-producer
Sharon Wood Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:19]
2. Gay images [2:39]
3. From the very beginning [2:41]
4. Enter the sissy [3:21]
5. Morocco [1:40]
6. Queen Christina [3:48]
7. Cold-hearted villians [3:03]
8. The Maltese Falcon [1:02]
9. Rope [1:07]
10. Behind bars [1:16]
11. Young Man With A Horn [1:46]
12. Tea And Sympathy [1:25]
13. Rebel Without A Cause [2:07]
14. Ben-hur [2:54]
15. Blurring the lines [3:29]
16. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [4:02]
17. Tony Curtis [7:47]
18. Victim [1:23]
19. The Children's Hour [3:37]
20. Advise & Consent [2:43]
21. Unhappy gay people [2:26]
22. The Boys In The Band [3:08]
23. Cabaret [4:31]
24. Cruising [7:47]
25. Making Love [2:29]
26. Sunday, Bloody Sunday [5:27]
27. Women who love each other [:44]
28. Philadelphia [7:21]
0. Chapter Listings
1. Gay and Lesbian History [4:45]
2. Growing Up [2:31]
3. Sterotypes [3:32]
4. Subtext [:48]
5. Drag [1:27]
6. Sissies [1:34]
7. Hitchcock [3:16]
8. "Some Like it Hot" [2:24]
9. "The Children's Hour" [1:53]
10. Movie Stars [5:24]
11. The Cutting Room Floor [2:40]
12. Positive Images [1:52]
13. Homophobia [3:30]
14. Playing Gay [2:24]
15. On Screen Affection [3:28]
16. Making "Making Love" [2:18]
17. "Personal Best" [1:20]
18. "Philadelphia" [1:42]
19. Gay Voices [3:32]
20. "My Own Private Idaho" [2:33]
21. The Future [2:54]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Filmmakers: On
      Audio Commentary With Filmmakers: Off
      Audio Commentary With Vito Russo: On
      Audio Commentary With Vito Russo: Off
      Rescued From The Closet
      Vito Russo Interview
      Talent Files
         Robert Epstein
         Jeffrey Friedman
         Lily Tomlin
      Bonus Trailers
         Suddenly Last Summer
         The Opposite Of Sex
         Philadelphia
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See

    This documentary should be required viewing for everyone, not just LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) people. Its amazing how much power the media has when it shapes the images and ideas of any group of people--Ive shown this film in classes where I try to educate people about the stereotypes of LGBT people and where many of those stereotypes come from, its sad that even though there are some tv shows and movies being made with LGBT characters in them Hollywood is still clinging to many of the tired and lame and hateful stereotypes. Maybe someday things will change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    This is a great movie that honestly and truthfully paints a picture of hollywood. It's a must see for ALL gays, lesbians, transgenders, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    History of Gay Characters

    I thought this was a wonderful movie that covered how gays were and are portrayed in the film industry. Not to mention that we were portrayed in such a way because of how society viewed us.

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