This Emmy winning documentary (1995) highlights the historical contexts that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders 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. The story is narrated by Lily Tomlin and is based on Vito Russo’s groundbreaking book. An epic story by turns surprising, hilarious and distrubing, The Celluloid Closet makes us see Hollywood images in a whole new light, exploring sexual myths and examining our attitudes about sexuality and sex roles as they evolved through the 20th century.
In English, no subtitles. 107 mins, IMDB rating: 7.7.
The screening is a part of Prague Pride 2015.