The Celluloid Closet (1995)

The Celluloid Closet (1995)

Director Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Writer Vito Russo (book), Rob Epstein (story), Jeffrey Friedman (story), Sharon Wood (story), Armistead Maupin (narration)

Genre Documentary, History

Year 1995

Actors Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

IMDB : 7.8 (5,138 votes)


Description A comprehensive documentary of the history of gays and lesbians in cinema, from negative to positive reflections of gay characters and the troubles of actors and actresses.


  • Charlie Charles 2016-12-03 19:15:23
    what's the movie at 1:13 with Tom Hanks dancing?
  • Vivian Hayes 2016-08-18 14:46:08
    Rated R?
  • Winn Miller 2016-06-27 17:34:30
    Wow, the music to the trailer is WAY too lighthearted.  Geez.   :  /
  • Zoltan Korda 2016-03-10 17:33:03
    I saw "The Celluloid Closet" when it was released. My opinion was that it was too one-dimensional and left out a lot of complexities in queer cinema during the golden age of Hollywood. "Color Me Lavender" was much more nuanced and in depth and is worth watching by all queer cinema aficionados.
  • Joseph Polsonetti 2016-02-05 06:34:58
    I need to buy this on DVD and watch it
  • rabid rabbitshuggers 2015-12-05 08:35:51
    The trailer itself is rated R. What a long way we've come.
  • leopardsleaping 2013-05-23 01:53:17
  • lizzyll9 2013-03-09 21:29:35
  • Ann Williams 2012-12-03 07:16:43
    What is the movie at the :30 second mark?
  • dancebandleader 2012-11-24 19:57:39
    Great film. Although I'm trying to understand what "Secret Love" has to do with any of this. Love the gay cowboy in the silent film clip. However a clip from an experimental sound film does not strike me as belonging here, Two men dancing while a violinist plays into a big horn was filmed at the Edison studio, and I believe that the two men are dancing together, not because they're gay, but historically at that time there were no women working in the laboratories! Overall, great !
  • beatlesopusnintendo 2012-09-29 02:17:37
    I am currently reading the book right now (which is excellent though I was miffed at the inaccuracies in the description for The Rocky Horror Picture Show), but I have had an awful time trying to find the DVD for this movie
  • DoctorChibi740 2012-07-16 07:55:27
    The book is quite interesting as well.
  • ERAUPRCWA 2012-03-28 23:26:42
    didn't you know? Being gay is taught. I mean every gay child in the world was taught how to be gay. (which is funny cause all gay children come from a heterosexual union)
  • ERAUPRCWA 2012-03-28 23:25:38
    those were my exact words:-)
  • spiritfired 2011-12-11 19:23:20
    1:20 XDDDDD
  • Marshall Estes 2011-10-02 06:06:27
    @AbbyJenna Hell, even the trailer is "restricted", because don't ya know, seeing two guys or two girls kiss on screen might make the little ones' heads explode!
  • thegran vikingo 2011-05-16 16:15:25
    gran documental que contextualiza la apreciacion del cine realizado durante los ultimos 30 años, quedo obligado a ver todas pero todas las peliculas citadas... muy bueno... gracias
  • AbbyJenna 2011-03-07 16:34:55
    "Rated R", hahahahaha! Because we're so detrimental to children :-/
  • miss mabel 2011-01-20 04:04:49
    @BBJaneHudson Don't know if you're interested, but look under CC1
  • rickw1100 2010-10-09 04:43:48
    Thank God for this wonderfully thought-filled and quite honest "outing" of hollywood's treatment of the Gay community. It should be mandatory viewing in every school and house of worship in this country.

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