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Paris Is Burning

Paris Is Burning

DVD - 2020
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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 City₂s African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, it offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion ₁houses,₂ from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2020]
Edition: DVD edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781681436982
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.77809 P2186 2020
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Language Note: Closed-captioned


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Mar 29, 2021

1990 film about attitudes.
Criterion at its usual.
Continues through credits.

Dec 07, 2020

Well, this was a bit of a blip for me. I thought I borrowed the war film about the liberation of Paris in August 1944 by the French resistance. Well! ... turns out that's a whole different movie (called 'Is Paris Burning?').
So ... 10 minutes into this particular movie I figured out that nobody's gonna be liberating France here unless there's a heck of a plot twist à la David Lynch. This movie is actually about, aw, you're not gonna believe me, so borrow it and find out for yourself. All in all, not a bad flick. And I learned how to match fabrics.

Jun 25, 2020

the best film ever on the subject and the most touching

Oct 02, 2019

Directed by Jennie Livingston in the mid-to-late 1980s, this 76-minute American documentary chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it.
It turns out an unblinking behind-the-scenes story of a peculiar and/or weird subculture, if not a strange world within the world.

Sep 06, 2019

A film that is as much a tragic horror story as a celebration of survival. For every transgender who makes the transition wisely and patiently, there is a fifteen year old Venus Extravaganza too much in a hurry to 'grow up' and too immature to see the danger before her (only on my VERY worst enemy would I wish what Carmen E had to go through to identify Venus's body.) As you watch this film your gut instinct tells you who would survive and who wouldn't be here a year from now. WATCH AND BE ENLIGHTENED!

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Mar 23, 2014

This is an interesting film. It was funny, touching and sad. I guess I'll say that it is about people seeking the freedom to be themselves, but it's also about loneliness and the desire to be wanted.


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