The Celluloid Closet


1h 42m 1995

Brief Synopsis

From comic sissies to lesbian vampires, from pathetic queens to sadistic predators, Hollywood has both reflected and defined how we think about homosexuality--and what it means to be a man or woman. With clips from over 100 Hollywood movies and interviews with many of the filmmakers and actors who c

Film Details

Also Known As
Celluloid Closet
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

From comic sissies to lesbian vampires, from pathetic queens to sadistic predators, Hollywood has both reflected and defined how we think about homosexuality--and what it means to be a man or woman. With clips from over 100 Hollywood movies and interviews with many of the filmmakers and actors who created them, "The Celluloid Closet" explodes sexual myths and explores how our attitudes about homosexuality and sex roles have evolved through the century. Based on writer-activist Vito Russo's landmark 1978 book.

Film Details

Also Known As
Celluloid Closet
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Network

Winner of the Freedom of Expression Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.

Expanded Release in United States April 19, 1996

Expanded Release in United States April 26, 1996

Expanded Release in United States April 5, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 22, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 29, 1996

Expanded Release in United States May 10, 1996

Expanded Release in United States May 3, 1996

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States February 1996

Released in United States January 1996

Released in United States November 1995

Released in United States on Video December 31, 1996

Released in United States September 1995

Released in United States September 1996

Released in United States Spring March 15, 1996

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (market) February 15-26, 1996.

Shown at London Film Festival November 2-19, 1995.

Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival March 21 - April 4, 1996.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 29 - October 15, 1995.

Shown at Toronto Film Festival September 7-16, 1995.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (Window on the Cinema) August 30 - September 9, 1995.

Writer and AIDS activist Vito Russo, on whose 1978 book the film is based, died of AIDS in 1990.

Broadcast in USA over HBO January 30, 1996.

Began shooting early July 1994.

Among the film's 4000 individual financial donors are Hugh Hefner and Steve Tisch.

Working under the banner of Reflective Image Inc., a not-for-profit foundation, filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will donate proceeds from "The Celluloid Closet" to Hollywood Supports, the entertainment industry's HIV/AIDS awareness organization.

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 29 - October 15, 1995.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (Window on the Cinema) August 30 - September 9, 1995.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival March 21 - April 4, 1996.)

Released in United States January 1996 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 1996.)

Released in United States February 1996 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (market) February 15-26, 1996.)

Released in United States Spring March 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 22, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 29, 1996

Expanded Release in United States April 5, 1996

Expanded Release in United States April 19, 1996

Expanded Release in United States April 26, 1996

Expanded Release in United States May 3, 1996

Expanded Release in United States May 10, 1996

Released in United States September 1995 (Shown at Toronto Film Festival September 7-16, 1995.)

Released in United States September 1996 (Shown in New York City (Anthology Film Archives) as part of program "Best of the Indies" September 5-15, 1996.)

Released in United States November 1995 (Shown at London Film Festival November 2-19, 1995.)

Released in United States on Video December 31, 1996