The Celluloid Closet (1996)

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This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals 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

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

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