The Celluloid Closet (1996)

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This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders have occupied in cinema history, and shows the evolution of the entertainment industry's role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The issues addressed include secrecy – which initially defined homosexuality – as well as the demonization of the homosexual community with the advent of AIDS, and finally the shift toward acceptance and positivity in the modern era.

Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 96% / Audience 89%

Rated R,  1 hr 41 mins

GENRES
Documentary • History
DIRECTION
Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST
Lily Tomlin  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Armistead Maupin  •  Arthur Laurents

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Lily Tomlin Narrator
Susan Sarandon Herself
Armistead Maupin Himself
Arthur Laurents Himself
Susie Bright Herself
Tom Hanks Himself
Antonio Fargas Himself
Shirley MacLaine Herself
Tony Curtis Himself
Gore Vidal Himself
John Schlesinger Himself
Whoopi Goldberg Herself