The Celluloid Closet

The Celluloid Closet Trailers

Original title The Celluloid Closet
Category History, Documentary
UK Release Date
Production year 1996
Production Country
Directors Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Cast Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susan Sarandon, Gore Vidal, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Fargas, Shirley MacLaine, John Schlesinger, Armistead Maupin, Arthur Laurents, Tom Hanks, Farley Granger, Quentin Crisp, Harvey Fierstein, Harry Hamlin


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.