|THE CELLULOID CLOSET|
Visit Produced and Directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
A Telling Pictures Production
© 1995 Reflective Image, Inc.
THE CELLULOID CLOSET is the film version of author Vito Russo's landmark
book by the same name. Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, who have
previously won an Academy Award for Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt,
bring this book to life. THE CELLULOID CLOSET explodes sexual myths and
explores how our attitudes about homosexuality and sex roles have evolved
through the century. With clips from over 100 Hollywood movies and
interviews with many of the filmmakers and actors who created them
(including Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg,
Tony Curtis, and Gore Vidal), THE CELLULOID CLOSET is an epic story -- by
turns surprising, hilarious, and disturbing.
Lily Tomlin narrates this absorbing "clips and interviews" look back
at how Hollywood has handled the subject of homosexuality since the
birth of cinema. The Celluloid Closet is, of course, based on Vito
Russo's book of the same name, and he would have been very pleased
with the way Epstein and Friedman have taken his thesis and turned
it into an eloquent statement of the extent to which Hollywood might
be responsible for the homophobia we have to combat today.