Monday, 26 January 2009

The celluloid closet (1995) by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Screened @the ICA, London.

A documentary on homosexuality as seen (mostly) through the American mainstream cinema. Even though a bit dated now ('Philadelphia' being the most recent of the films talked about) 'The Celluloid Closet' is a decent documentary with a comprehensive perspective on the visibility of homosexuality in the movies. Starting from Thomas Edison's experimental films it takes you through the history of Hollywood movie making and discusses the censorship and the coded expressions of homosexuality as well as the shifts that occurred in the portrayal of such roles.

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