The Celluloid Closet

on March 15, 1996 by " Lael Loewenstein
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   One of Toronto's hottest tickets, "The Celluloid Closet" is a remarkable look at the treatment of gays and lesbians in cinema. With excerpts from more than 100 films and commentary from a score of intellectuals and artists, the documentary examines Hollywood's various approaches to homosexuals, journeying from denial to shame to gradual visibility to acceptance. "The Celluloid Closet" offers an incisive and ironic examination of the last pillar of Will Hays' Production Code to fall. Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have done a formidable job compiling historical footage, interpretive analysis and narrative extracts of films as diverse as "Morocco" and "Making Love.    Narrated by Lily Tomlin. Directed and produced by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Written by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Sharon Woo and Armistead Maupin. Documentary. No distributor set. Not yet rated. Running time: 102 min.
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