A film by Rob EPSTEIN, Jeffrey FRIEDMAN

1995 / documentary / Etats-Unis / original title : The Celluloid Closet / 104'’ / Color / status : completed / English / Feature Documentary / French and International catalog

This exuberant, eye-opening Berlin and Sundance winning feature documentary serves up a dazzling hundred-year history of the role of gay men and lesbians have had on the silver screen. Footage from 120 films showing the changing face of cinema sexuality, from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s.

Featuring Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Antonio Banderas, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Curtis and many more




“An immensely entertaining, galloping reflection on screen perceptions of lesbians and gay men, from the humorous to the heinous to the heartening.”


“It’s hard to imagine a documentary more elegant, intelligent and absorbing than The Celluloid Closet... eloquent, impassioned and unforgettable. ”

San Francisco Chronicles

“Fascinating… a beautifully and thoughtfully made films that touches on many area of human sexuality and human expression beyond the obvious… a vital and artful piece of work The Celluloid Closet seems of equal interest to those of every conceivable sexual identity. It’s not only about how people see each other and see themselves ; it’s also about being human and the joy and pain and confusion that strange condition entails… ”

The Washington Post

“A remarkable and involving documentary that is literally eye-opening.”

The Los Angeles Time

“Brilliantly illuminating and provocative.”

The New York Times