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      The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender

      Released Nov 6, 1997 1 hr. 43 min. Documentary LGBTQ+ List
      60% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 57% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Filmmaker Mark Rappaport examines the representation of homosexuality in Golden Age Hollywood cinema. Host Dan Butler. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member (Int. Room of Yet-To-Be-Created) Mercury: (in Gold) It's the SILVER screen... Urainia: (in Silver/yawns) From the Golden State. Mercury: But, it's your projection doing the poisoning. Urainia: Likely story from The Golden State! Mercury: Silver is the poison here. Urainia: So I gave you a Silver screen, the screen itself is not the projection, you took care of all that with your Golden Light. Mercury: We could argue this for many more lightyears- Urainia: The kids are sick of our bickering. Mercury: And they believe Daft Punk actually broke up. Urainia: We have to keep them guessing. They hate it when we bore them. Mercury: So you agree the poison is exciting! Urainia: Despite the knowledge you have given me regarding the bloodlust of our children, I do not think we should continue to poison them out of their self-created boredom and into appreciation of their world. This was supposed to be an institution of Art for all our children, not a special few! Mercury: (gets on knees before Urainia/kisses hand) Let me fix it. Urainia: I trust you will. Because I am deemed a mental patient in your institution on Earth for now. Mercury: Shit. Urainia: Yes, well...it always was your favorite food. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Good documentary if you want to look at the history of Hollywood through a different lens. "A film scrapbook, images, phrases from our past, hiding their meanings behind veils. Let's lift those veils, one by one, to find how images, at one time seeming innocent, have revealed, after decades, to have homosexual overtones." Useful and engaging if you want to open your mind and see things through their many shades, understanding how certain things needed to remain hidden or could only be whispered...only few would understand.... Now it's time to lift the veil and look at things for what they really were. Still difficult, some won't understand neither appreciate. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member While not overtly entertaining, it is informative. That is the focus of a documentary after all. The lovers and lives of some people were blotted out and edited for the comfort of the few and so their lives will never completely be understood. But it is fair to say that homosexuality is in no way a 'modern plague' Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member A quick little insight into the world of yesterday, but feels like it skips many different subjects and lingers on some far too long. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member "Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?" On the one hand, I must admit I wondered about all those "Walter Brennan types" ... on the other hand, sometimes a cigar is just a good smoke. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Steve Davis Austin Chronicle Rated: 4.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Kathy Fennessy Video Librarian Magazine Rappaport's rigorous scholarship combined with his playful style makes this release a great bet for film studies students and non-academic viewers interested in LGBTQ and Jewish history alike. Rated: 3/5 Sep 20, 2022 Full Review Rob Nelson City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul Mark Rappaport is not exactly a documentarian and something more than a filmmaker. You could say he's a movie critic who writes by remote control. Sep 1, 2009 Full Review David Noh Film Journal International The overall presumptive smugness gets laid on a little too thickly. Jul 11, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 5, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Filmmaker Mark Rappaport examines the representation of homosexuality in Golden Age Hollywood cinema. Host Dan Butler.
      Director
      Mark Rappaport
      Genre
      Documentary, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 6, 1997, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 16, 2017
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm
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