- 1h 33min
- Directed by: Jeffrey Schwarz
- Cast: Phyllis Antonellis, Richard Barrios, Richard Berkowitz
- UK release: 23 February 2013
- Website: www.glasgowfilm.org/festival
This film is not currently showing in cinemas.
Vito Russo was an inspirational gay activist who wrote the definitive book on gay representation in the movies. Vito offers a warm tribute to a life that encapsulated the struggles for gay rights and the fight against AIDS in the 1970s and 1980s. Mixing stunning archive footage (New York in the 1960s, Bette Midler at Gay Pride in 1973 etc) with fond memories from Vito’s family and friends, the film builds a powerful portrait of a man who fearlessly stood up for what he knew to be right. His book The Celluloid Closet shone a light on the hidden history of Hollywood and there are choice clips from Caged, Advise & Consent and countless others. A stirring, emotional tribute that captures the fine details and the bigger picture.
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