The Celluloid Closet @ Pelangi Pride Centre

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Celluloid Closet - PPC
The Celluloid Closet @ Pelangi Pride Centre

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 1990.

Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Produced by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Written by Vito Russo, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Sharon Wood,
Armistead Maupin
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.