Thursday, May 17, 2018

"The Celluloid Closet": When did Hollywood get comfortable with homosexuality?


I do barely recall seeing the 1995 documentary “The Celluloid Closet” (Sony Pictures Classics), by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, about LGBT actors (actresses) and gay characters in cinema (right off the bat, the 1993 film “Philadelphia” about AUDS comes to mind).The movie came out (pun) about the time I started working on my first book. 


The closet door was getting pretty transparent by the time Clinton took office, which could have helped push the debate on gays in the military.  “Serving in Silence” and “Coming Out Under Fire” and “Any Mother’s Son”.


“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Suddenly Last Summer” get excerpted, as well as the love-in at the end of “Spartacus”.
 
The complete film can be rented on YouTube for $2.99.
  
The two directors recently did an award winning short about a hospice, “End Game”.

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