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Celluloid Closet

Celluloid Closet

Celluloid Closet

1995 / 107min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ROB EPSTEIN & JEFFREY FRIEDMAN

CAST: LILY TOMLIN

Based on the life work of the late film historian Vito Russo, and his landmark 1981 book of the same title, this freewheeling documentary combines clips from classic films and interviews with such disparate characters as Quentin Crisp, Gore Vidal, and Farley Granger to outline a hidden history of homosexuality in Hollywood, from the stereotyped nellies of olden days to prestige pics like Philadelphia. (There’s even a bit from calendar co-star Robert Aldrich’s The Killing of Sister George.)