The Celluloid Closet Trailer

The Celluloid Closet Trailer (1996)

"A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American " 30 January 1996 History, Factual 102 mins

What "That's Entertainment" did for movie musicals, "The Celluloid Closet" does for Hollywood homosexuality, as this exuberant, eye-opening movie serves up a dazzling hundred-year history of the role of gay men and lesbians have had on the silver screen. Lily Tomlin narrates as Oscar-winning moviemaker Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt) and Jeffrey Friedman assemble fabulous footage from 120 films showing the changing face of cinema sexuality, from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Curtis, Harvey Fierstein and Gore Vidal are just a few of the many actors, writers and commentators who provide funny and insightful anecdotes.

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Lily Tomlin

as Narrator

Susie Bright

as Herself

Tom Hanks

as Himself

Tony Curtis

as Himself

Gore Vidal

as Himself

Sharon Stone

as Herself


Rob Epstein


Carter Burwell

Original Music Composer

Nancy Schreiber

Nancy Schreiber Director of Photography

Wendy Braitman

Wendy Braitman Associate Producer

Bernie Brillstein

Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer

Michael Ehrenzweig

Michael Ehrenzweig Associate Producer

International Releases Dates

Canada 13 September 1995

United States 15 March 1996

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