HBO to show documentary on Vito Russo July [edit] 23

  • Suetonius

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    Jun 21, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    Watch it. Recently saw this film on Vito Russo at the SF gay film festival. It was very moving, and included a lot of footage of his activist years. HBO produced it. In his later years, Vito did the very witty talks on gays in film, culminating in his book, The Celluloid Closet, and later the film. I had not known about his activism in his 20's in the Act-Up movement. The film includes lots of footage showing what gay life was like in the 70's and 80's.

    http://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=2645&fid=49
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    Jun 21, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    Thank you thank you thank you for giving us the heads-up on this.

    I was lucky enough to know Vito Russo. I attended one of the first Celluloid Closet lectures, at UCLA in 1976, and bought the first edition of the book. He did a cover blurb for my second novel in 1986; and since we shared a senior editor at St. Martin's Press, I asked to be introduced. Vito met my husband and me for lunch, and he proved to be one of the most interesting, erudite, articulate, and sweet people I have ever had the privilege to meet. We kept in touch until he died.

    One of my favorite memories of Vito is talking to him about movies (What else?) in the late 1980s. It was the time of the "Porkys" movies and other such college gross-out comedies, which movies trafficked in the word "fag" quite a lot. I admitted to Vito that I had become rather inured to it. Without missing a beat, Vito said, "What if the word were ni**er?"

    My autographed copy of "Celluloid Closet" is a prized possession.
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    Jun 21, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    I think it's July 23rd not June. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 21, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    I have been trying to look for a trailer for this movie? Does anyone even know if there is one?
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    Jun 21, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    Here's the next doc in the series this summer:

    http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/vito/index.html#/documentaries/me-the-zoo

    It's about Chris Crocker.


    The Vito trailer is coming soon?

    http://vitorussomovie.com/index.php/trailer
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    Jun 22, 2012 3:57 AM GMT
    Chaax saidI think it's July 23rd not June. icon_wink.gif

    Quite right - It is July.