The Celluloid Closet
- 1 hr 47 min
"The Celluloid Closet" was a documentary film that took an in-depth look at the hidden world of homosexuality in the Hollywood film industry. Interviews were made with many well known celebrities in both film and literature about the over all changes in American film on how LGBT characters evolved during the 20th century. The film also looks at the Hayes Code which was established in the 1930's as a way of upholding moral standards that were present in America in that time period. The truth of the biased and twisted views of homosexuals in the past and the rampant homophobia that was present in Hollywood that kept certain actors and directors in the closet. By the mid 1990's at least two studios in Hollywood were first to create resources for actors that were both in and out of the closet as a sign that changes were underway in Hollywood. By 1996 when the film was released, the interest of a once taboo subject in the American film industry that lead to four Emmy Award nominations by the end of that year. This film won the Peabody Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and also the Freedom of Expression award for creating awareness of homophobia in both American Society and in the Film industry of years past. The establishment of organizations that help create positive representations of the LGBT community in both film and in American society lead to more openly gay characters in film and television in later years. From the view standpoint of a 21st century perspective "The Celluloid Closet" was the first documentary of its kind to actively seek out the truth of a once hidden world in times of extreme intolerance. By exposing the truth of homosexuality in American film, that led to a more diverse film industry that is flourishing in the 21st century.