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Author Schiavi, Michael R.

Title Celluloid activist : the life and times of Vito Russo / Michael Schiavi.

Publication Info. Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2011]


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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 361 pages) : illustrations
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Series Book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-350) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Birth of a New Yorker -- 2. Jersey Boy -- 3. Return of the Native -- 4. Birth of an Activist -- 5. "Professional Movement Flash and Trash" -- 6. Building the Closet -- 7. "A Time of Major Change" -- 8. Activist in Wartime.
Summary "Celluloid Activist is the biography of gay-rights giant Vito Russo, the man who wrote The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies, commonly regarded as the foundational text of gay and lesbian film studies and one of the first to be widely read. But Russo was much more than a pioneering journalist and author. A founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and cofounder of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), Russo lived at the center of the most important gay cultural turning points in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. His life as a cultural Zelig intersects a crucial period of social change, and in some ways his story becomes the story of a developing gay revolution in America. A frequent participant at zaps and an organizer of Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) cabarets and dances which gave the New York gay and lesbian community its first social alternative to Mafia-owned bars. Russo made his most enduring contribution to the GAA with his marshaling of Movie Nights, the forerunners to his worldwide Celluloid Closet lecture tours that gave gay audiences their first community forum for the dissection of gay imagery in mainstream film. Biographer Michael Schiavi unravels Vito Russo's fascinating life story, from his childhood in East Harlem to his own heartbreaking experiences with HIV/AIDS. Drawing on archival materials, unpublished letters and journals, and more than two hundred interviews, including conversations with a range of Russo's friends and family, from brother Charlie Russo to comedian Lily Tomlin to pioneering activist and playwright Larry Kramer, Celluloid Activist provides an unprecedented portrait of a man who defined gay-rights and AIDS activism"--From publisher.
Awards CHOICE finalist.
Over the Rainbow List, American Library Association.
Language English.
Subject Russo, Vito.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century.
ACT UP New York (Organization) -- History -- 20th century.
Russo, Vito. (OCoLC)fst00069291
ACT UP New York (Organization) (OCoLC)fst00711622
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (New York, N.Y.) (OCoLC)fst01525497
Film historians -- United States -- Biography.
Gay activists -- United States -- Biography.
AIDS activists -- United States -- Biography.
Gay authors -- United States -- Biography.
Homosexuality in motion pictures -- History -- 20th century.
Historiens du cinéma -- États-Unis -- Biographies.
Activistes homosexuels -- États-Unis -- Biographies.
Homosexualité au cinéma -- Histoire -- 20e siècle.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Entertainment & Performing Arts.
ART -- Film & Video.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- Reference.
Film historians. (OCoLC)fst00924270
Gay activists. (OCoLC)fst00939048
Homosexuality in motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst00959829
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Gay political activists.
LGBTQ+ activists.
Gay studies.
Lesbian studies.
Gender studies.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Indexed Term Gay film historians LGBTQ+ film historians
Genre/Form Gay biographies.
LGBTQ+ biographies.
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Schiavi, Michael R. Celluloid activist. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2011 9780299282301 (DLC) 2010044627 (OCoLC)671573422
ISBN 9780299282332 (electronic bk.)
0299282333 (electronic bk.)
9780299282394 (electronic bk.)
0299282392 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000051426923
DEBBG BV043113184
DEBBG BV044119905
DEBSZ 421634855
NZ1 14249619

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