The Vito Project presents Re-Opening The Celluloid Closet at The Cinema Museum (SPRING 2022).

The Vito Project LGBTQ+ Film Club returns to the iconic Cinema Museum with a trilogy of classic Hollywood films, starting with Hitchcock’s compelling REBECCA (1940) from 35mm (20 MAR 18:00).

Submitted by The Vito Project

The Vito Project LGBTQ+ Film Club returns to the iconic Cinema Museum this Spring with a trilogy of classic Hollywood films – Hitchcock’s compelling REBECCA (20 MAR 18:00), Vincente Minnelli’s dazzling TEA & SYMPATHY (01 MAY 18:00), and Richard Fleisher’s tense court room drama COMPULSION (29 MAY 18:00).

This is the start of a new series of regular screenings providing different generations of LGBTQ+ people and allies an alternative safe space to socialise, watch great films and share ideas.

All films are screened on Sundays at the Cinema Museum, once the workplace home of a young Charlie Chaplin. They offer a perfect way to end the weekend watching films in relaxing company. Come meet for social drinks before the screening and join the conversation afterwards.

Inspired by Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet, the season explores some of the challenging and yet endlessly fascinating ways that classic Hollywood films depicted queer representation under the restraints of the infamous Hays Code. This was a set of self-regulating guidelines dictating what was deemed unacceptable in American movies from 1934-1968 – and homosexuality was on the “highly objectionable” list! Despite this, filmmakers took on the creative challenge to show what couldn’t be shown through veiled subtexts and exploitation.

The Vito Project LGBTQ+ Film Club aims to explore some of these titles, leading to audience discussions with guests into what makes them fascinating, what makes them challenging and how they have contributed to shaping the public perception of queerness.

The Vito Project returns to The Cinema Museum with a trilogy of classic Hollywood films, starting with Hitchcock’s REBECCA from 35mm (20 MAR 18:00).




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