The Celluloid Closet

The Celluloid Closet

The Celluloid Closet

Documentary exploring the historical contexts and evolution of LGBT+ representation in cinema as well as the industry's role in shaping perceptions of the community.

1996Rating: R102 minsUSAHBO
DocumentaryHistorical

The Celluloid Closet / Reviews

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

A first-rate work of cinematic criticism...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Makes it clear Hollywood wanted it both ways: It benefitted from the richness that gays added to films, but didn't want to acknowledge their sexuality.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Celebrity interviewees and glossy graphics further turn this into a colorful overview with the popular appeal of a "That's Entertainment!" and with an even more interestingly gay agenda than the history of Hollywood musical comedy.

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Variety

Variety

An immensely entertaining, galloping reflection on screen perceptions of lesbians and gay men, from the humorous to the heinous to the heartening.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

"The Celluloid Closet" goes all the way back to the birth of cinema, to an experimental Thomas Edison short of two men dancing, to trace the odd, funny, sad and disgraceful history of homosexual iconography on film.

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