Is it possible that GLBTQ characters were more represented in movies before 1935 than they have been since then? On Wednesday, we’ll watch The Celluloid Closet, a documentary that chronicles the portrayal of queer themes in film.
What effect did Hollywood’s gay, lesbian, bi, and trans stereotypes have on our cultures? What about on straight perceptions? Were these tiny slices of representation a way of boxing people in? Or did they help people reach out? Check out clips from over 100 classic movies from as early as 1912, and the Hollywood heartthrobs who were in the closet — or very, very out. It’s a whirlwind tour from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to Boys on the Side, The Color Purple to Rebel Without a Cause, James Dean to Humphrey Bogart by way of Whoopi Goldberg, Susie Bright, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, and dozens more.
Check it out on Wednesday, Jan 21, 6:30 – 8:30 in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., in New Minas. We’ll bring the popcorn.