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The Celluloid Closet (1995)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, and narrator Lily Tomlin Rating:6.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by petershelleyau on October 2nd, 2012:Find all reviews by petershelleyau
Executive Producer also joins in on the commentary. The talk is not always scene specific and there are silences. Discussed is how the film came about, how it is different to Vito Russo's book, how the filmmakers met Vito and his hopes for the film that was released after his death, the history of the directors, films that permission would not be given to include, people that refused to be interviewed or didn't show up like Cher, working with movie stars in the interview segments, the score, cut scenes and dropped ideas. Tomlin doesn't say much but does provide some funny anecdotes, like how she misinterpreted a comment she overheard from Chita Rivera, and how a profile magazine offered to put her on their cover if she came out to them.
Reviewed by musíl65 on November 6th, 2014:Find all reviews by musíl65
This track is good. There is a lot of information about how this movie has been made. The problems to get special movie clips are mentioned. They talk about the first screenings of the movie. I liked also the discussions about the differences to the book. You will also get funny stories about the moviestars in interviews.

8 out of 10.
Commentary 2: Author Vito Russo Rating:9.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by petershelleyau on July 22nd, 2012:Find all reviews by petershelleyau
This commentary is a recording of a lecture given by Vito Russo on March 11 1990 at the San Francisco Roxy Theatre as a fundraiser for the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In this lecture Russo also showed film clips but they do not match the documentary's screen time. He also talks about films that are not in the documentary such as some animation. Russo is so interesting that this commentary not operating as a standard commentary is acceptable and may also lead one to the book of Russo's that started it all. Note that Russo is introduced by Rita Mae Brown.