The Celluloid Closet
US: 110 min • Peccadillo Pictures • DVD
A fascinating and thorough documentary about how Hollywood has dealt with sexuality over the years.
In the pre-liberation period – a time in which homosexuality on the screen was largely a matter of coded meanings and sub-text – The Celluloid Closet is fascinating. In the post-liberation years it loses its focus and descends somewhat into a ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ ahistorical celebration.