Watch 'Vito' Tonight on HBO

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | The Lost Boys July 23, 2012 at 7:21PM

A new addition to the canon of great LGBT rights documentaries, Jeffrey Schwarz’s “Vito” -- which debuts on HBO tonight -- is a passionate look at the life of Vito Russo. Russo is probably best known for the 1981 book about the representation of LGBT people in Hollywood, “The Celluloid Closet” (which was adapted into the 1995 documentary by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman). But he was also a remarkable figure in the early gay rights movement, and the fight against AIDS (which he succumbed to in 1990). Using interviews with Russo’s family and peers as well as wonderful archival footage, Schwarz gives Russo’s legacy the documentary it deserves with “Vito.”
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A new addition to the canon of great LGBT rights documentaries, Jeffrey Schwarz’s “Vito” -- which debuts on HBO tonight -- is a passionate look at the life of Vito Russo. Russo is probably best known for the 1981 book about the representation of LGBT people in Hollywood, “The Celluloid Closet” (which was adapted into the 1995 documentary by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman). But he was also a remarkable figure in the early gay rights movement, and the fight against AIDS (which he succumbed to in 1990).  Using interviews with Russo’s family and peers as well as wonderful archival footage, Schwarz gives Russo’s legacy the documentary it deserves with “Vito.”

Check out this interview with Schwarz here:

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