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Paris Is Burning

1991 . Documentary . 1h 11m

8.5

Everyone

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About the movie

8.2/10 98/100

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, PARIS IS BURNING offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion "houses," from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women — including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza — PARIS IS BURNING brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

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Actors:

Carmen Xtravaganza, Brooke Xtravaganza, Andre Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Dupree

Director:

Jennie Livingston

Rated:

R

Language:

English

Release:

13 Mar 1991

Reviews

Bea Bradsell

2 months ago

9

Fantastic look at an overlooked corner of our society. If you watch Drag Race or have ever said Yaaaas Queen you should watch this doc to see where the culture has come from.

Sif Teildorf

1 month ago

9

Iain McKinnon-Waddell

1 month ago

10

Benjamin Risby

2 months ago

8

Elsia Teuipo

2 months ago

6

Beth Rogers

3 months ago

9