Pelangi Pride Centre presents "The Celluloid Closet" (Jul 12)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Celluloid Closet

The film is based on the 1981 (revised 1987) book of the same name written
by Vito Russo, and on previous lecture and film clip presentations given in
person by Russo 1972-82. Russo researched the history of how motion
pictures, especially Hollywood films, had portrayed gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender characters. It was given a limited release in select
theatres, including the Castro Theatre in San Francisco in April 1996, and
then shown on cable channel HBO.

The documentary interviews various men and women connected to the Hollywood
industry to comment on various film clips and their own personal experiences
with the treatment of LGBT characters in film. From the sissy characters, to
the censorship of the Hollywood Production Code, the coded gay characters
and cruel stereotypes to the progress made in the early 1990s.

Vito Russo wanted his book to be transformed into a documentary film and
helped out on the project until he died in 1990. Some critics of the
documentary noted that it was less political than the book and ended on a
more positive note. However, Russo had wanted the documentary to be
entertaining and to reflect the positive changes that had occurred up to

Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Produced by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Written by Vito Russo, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Sharon Wood, Armistead
Starring Lily Tomlin (narrator)
Music by Carter Burwell
Running time 107 min.
Subtitles - Yes

RSVP - This event is by invitation only.
As there are limited seats, prior registration is required.
For an invite -please email [pelangipridecentre at yahoo dot com] with your
name (in full), contact number, the name/s of your guests.

Details at a Glance
Event: Screening of "The Celluloid Closet"
Date: Saturday, 12 July 2008 (120708)
Time: 4pm
Venue: Pelangi Pride Centre - 54 Rowell Road (in Little India)
Cost per person: $6 (cost of 2 drinks and finger food)

For directions on how to get to the new PPC:

Come into Hindoo Road from Jalan Besar.
Look for tall HDB block 639 at the end of the road.
Corner terrace house with grapevines growing.
Come in from the back door.