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Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Celluloid Closet

My truckbuddy Frank has posted a clip from a new documentary about the late author and activist Vito Russo over at Reluctant Rebel; which reminded me of this documentary, now posted in six segments on YouTube, of Russo's Celluloid Closet, a survey of how gays were depicted in film during the past century.  Fascinating stuff; and as Frank says, should be part of the required viewing before anyone gets their gay card.

You might be surprised at how much gaiety some filmmakers managed to slip past the censors back in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Here's segment 1, narrated by Lily Tomlin:

Cary Grant - "I've just gone gay!" - in the
screwball comedy Bringing up Baby, 1938


Frank said...

Great documentary, Russ. Not only required viewing for gay membership but for the education of heteros as well.

Russ Manley said...

Yup - if they would sit still long enough to learn something.

Nikolaos said...

We haven't counted for so long.

I suppose I shouldn't be so bitter.

Davis said...

Thanks for this, Russ, I hadn't seen it and it is a fine documentary.

Russ Manley said...

Glad you like - yes it's very well done.

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