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Our GLBT Documentary DVDs/Videos section includes all available GLBT community documentaries from the USA and the UK. There's a great range of documentaries on various events and issues concerning the community, such as; gays in the military (and throughout history), AIDs, homosexuality and homophobia in America, documentaries on specific GLBT community members or projects, drag queens and other gay subcultures, interracial gay relationships and a lot more. These documentaries are all available to buy - simply choose your seller!
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GLBT Documentary Review - The Celluloid Closet

GLBT Documentary Review - The Celluloid Closet (DVD)

The Celluloid Closet (1996)
Starring: Lily Tomlin, et al. Director: Jeffrey Friedman, Robert Epstein


Author Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City) wrote Lily Tomlin's narration for this superb documentary, based on a book by the late Vito Russo, about Hollywood's treatment of homosexual characters in the 20th century. Never pointing a finger at anyone in the film community, The Celluloid Closet presents clips from more than 100 mainstream features (including The Children's Hour, Advise and Consent, The Boys in the Band, and The Hunger) that speak loudly in their respective images of gays and lesbians. The film makes a persuasive case for patterns of sexual mythology in Hollywood, such as presenting homosexuals repeatedly as tragic, helpless figures redeemed only through death or as back-street monsters cavorting in the shadows. Things change, of course, and clips from more recent films by gay and lesbian filmmakers suggest a more vital, diverse, autobiographical approach. There are lots of great interviews with screenwriters (Gore Vidal), filmmakers (John Schlesinger), actors (Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg), and others to enunciate the major themes. - Tom Keogh (Amazon)

Gay and Lesbian Documentary Review of Coming Out Under Fire (1994)

Gay and Lesbian Documentary Review of Coming Out Under Fire (1994)

Coming Out Under Fire (1994)

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Director Arthur Dong is perhaps best known for his documentary Licensed To Kill, in which he probed the minds of people who murder others for being gay. Though Coming Out Under Fire at least has flashes of humour, it is equally upsetting in the dark secrets that it reveals. Dong shows not only the long tradition of gays in America's military but also their tradition of serving with distinction before meeting with betrayal.

GLBT Documentary Review of Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

GLBT Documentary Review of Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

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Compassionate, award-winning documentary about individuals coping with HIV. Its heartfelt character portraits will move drama, documentary fans alike, but the devastating emotional impact may be too heavy for casual viewers.

GLBT Documentary Review of Companions: Tales From The Closet

GLBT Documentary Review of Companions: Tales From The Closet

Companions: Tales From The Closet

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In this documentary about lesbian love, five elderly Swedish women, ages sixty to seventy-five, discuss their lives during a period when homosexuality was considered a perversion. In a poignant and often humorous manner, they talk about budding love and first relationships with women as well as the forced secrecy and loneliness, tracing their personal development from self loathing and forbidden love to a hard-won sense of emotional liberation and social openness. Their touching stories of the life-long search for belonging, love and acceptance is blended with archival materials and slice-of-life footage to provide insights into a generation of women whose fight for liberation led to the formation of the Daughters of Bilitis, Ellen and the Stonewall rebellion.

Gay Documentary Review of Dancemaker

Gay Documentary Review of Dancemaker

Dancemaker (1998)
Rated: NR - Director: Matthew Diamond

This Oscar-nominated documentary takes viewers inside the dance company of renowned choreographer Paul Taylor in many ways. Not only does director Matthew Diamond's camera catch the intimate moments as dance director and dancer develop new steps, he manages to get inside the minds of his subjects to a surprising degree. Diamond captures such triumphant moments as the troupe silently keeping perfect time when the sound goes out on its tour of India. But he also exposes unguarded moments of loss as Taylor ticks off the dancers felled by AIDS in his company or as bewildered troupe members react after Taylor unceremoniously fires a fellow dancer. The mastery of this 95-minute film lies in its portrayal of Taylor's genius without fawning over him. (For instance, after publicly berating dancers, Taylor admits he doesn't think about other people's feelings.) Rounding out the footage of Taylor and his dancers are interviews with critics and staff members and stunning black-and-white clips of Taylor's days as one of Martha Graham's featured dancers. - Kimberly Heinrichs (Amazon)
Lesbian Documentary Review of Ellen DeGeneres - The Beginning on DVD
Documentary Review of Ellen DeGeneres - The Beginning on DVD

Ellen Degeneres - The Beginning (2000)
Rated: NR - Director: Joel Gallen

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This post-coming-out performance fully acknowledges Ellen DeGeneres's status as America's most famous lesbian, but it is nevertheless imbued with a sense of fun. For instance, rather than describe the experience of closet-exiting on her self-titled situation comedy in the late 1990s, she performs an amusing "interpretive dance." She uses her trademark goofiness to ruminate on the necessity of directions on shampoo bottles, ant road rage, and the possible nightmarish consequences of buying cheese. While the performance is not orientation-specific, the comedienne spends a fair amount of time on sex-related issues, including jokes about blow-up dolls and people who videotape their relations. She does venture into the political with an appeal for same-sex marriage and a monologue on meeting God, who turns out to be a middle-aged black woman. None of this fazes her clearly supportive audience at New York's Beacon Theatre who get to ask her questions at the end la Carol Burnett. The best moment of the 65-minute performance for HBO comes at the end, when DeGeneres accidentally exhibits some gender confusion with a young audience member, who then pays her moving tribute as a role model. - Kimberly Heinrichs (Amazon.com)

LGBT Documentary Review of Female Misbehaviour (1993)

LGBT Documentary Review of Female Misbehaviour (1993)

Female Misbehaviour (1993)

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Amusing and provocative, this series of four shorts explores the expanding boundaries of female sexuality by focusing on four unique and divergent women, all outcasts from conventional society as well as outlaws from mainstream feminism. Bondage (1983, 20 min) features an unidentified woman explaining the pleasures of bondage and tit torture and the "very warm, very safe, very secure" feeling that comes with it. Annie (1989, 10 min) stars ex-porn actress and performance artist (and self-declared "post-porn modernist") Annie Sprinkle, who offers an entertaining segment in which she transforms "average" women into sex stars and invites the audience to join her in examining and admiring her cervix with the aid of a flashlight and a speculum. Dr. Paglia (1992, 23 min) features Dr. Camile Paglia, professor of Humanities at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, who came into contentious prominence with the publication of her best-selling book, "Sexual Personae," in 1990. The narcissistic, "anti-feminist" feminist and "academic rottweiler" discusses her theories as well as her disastrous sex life. Max (1992, 27 min) is perhaps the most fascinating of the segments. Interviewed is Native American Anita Valerio, who was formerly a stunningly beautiful lesbian but who now, thanks to surgery, is Max, a handsome heterosexual "almost" male. His discussion of the power of testosterone is highly amusing.

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