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THE CELLULOID CLOSET (1995) by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, 102’

16 May 2013

"Hollywood taught the straight how to see gay people, and gay people how to see themselves," says Lilly Tomlin, and she could not have expressed better how cinema reflected social perceptions regarding homosexuality, from the birth of the 7th art until the very recent decades. The great comedian is just one of the many artists (from Tony Curtis and Shirley MacLaine to Gore Vidal and Whoopi Goldberg) who present their own experience on how gay & lesbian characters are portrayed through Hollywood. Through exciting interviews, backstage stories and even small parts from movies, the "Celluloid Closet" unfolds this adventurous development, through the 'crazy' and 'evil' gay characters and the inspired ways creators managed to present sexual innuendos even in times of censorship. Based on the original study by Vito Russo, this classic documentary by Oscar winning Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman («The Times of Harvey Milk», «Paragraph 175») combines an historic research with humor and reveals how Hollywood came out of the closet after all.

With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Athens

On Thursday May 16, 2013 at the Exile Room. Free entrance / In English with Greek subtitles

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