The Center on Halsted’s Monday screening series Queer Cinema 101: Celebrating Queer Movies starts tonight with The Celluloid Closet, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s 1995 survey of lesbian and gay images through Hollywood history. Windy City Times critic Richard Knight Jr. is curator and host of the series along with a consortium of gay critics. Queer Cinema 101 continues with Todd Haynes’ 1998 Christian Bale/Ewan McGregor/Jonathan Rhys Myers glam rock drama Velvet Goldmine on April 20, Robert Aldrich’s 1968 lesbian soap opera behind-the-scenes camp tragedy The Killing of Sister George on April 27, Steve Buscemi’s 1986 breakout film Parting Glances on May 4, and Blake Edwards’s 1982 female female-impersonator Julie Andrews musical Victor/Victoria on May 11.
The Celluloid Closet screens tonight at 7 PM at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. Here’s a traiier: