Vito Russo (1946 New York, NY - 7 November 1990 Los Angeles CA) was a gay activist and author who wrote the 1981 book The Celluloid Closet. Russo traveled the U.S. 1972-82, giving The Celluloid Closet as a live lecture presentation with film clips. In both the book and in the lecture presentation, he related the history of gay and lesbian moments -- and the treatment of gay and lesbian characters -- in American and foreign films of the past. The 1996 documentary The Celluloid Closet is based on the book and his earlier lectures. Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area Ranked 27th - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 kmÂ²) - Width 285 miles (455 km) - Length 330 miles (530 km) - % water 13. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area City 1,290. ... The Celluloid Closet is the title of a 1995 documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. ...
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