Dzi Croquettes
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In 1964, a coup d'etat removed Brazilian president Joao Goulart from office, and a military dictatorship sprang up in his place. Brazil entered into a period of repressive politics, harsh government censorship and ugly reprisals against non-conformists and critics of the government, but a powerful voice of opposition came from a very unusual place. Lenny Dale was an American dancer and choreographer who had come to Brazil and fell in with a group of drag performers who had modeled themselves after the Cockettes, a flamboyant group of sexual anarchists who were making a name for themselves… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If the film doesn't measure up as a piece of historical scholarship, it does manage to be a rather touching exploration of the troupe's life cycle: achieving notoriety, then being torn apart by fame, then being destroyed by forces beyond its control."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
""Dzi Croquettes" is both a tribute and a terrific entertainment."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Very entertaining, poignant documentary about a largely forgotten but truly groundbreaking bunch of entertainers."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Presents a wide-ranging picture of a unique cultural phenomenon, even if subjects like Liza Minnelli too often fall into semiarticulate expressions of hagiographical awe."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Time Out New York
"Although the film recounts an intriguing slice of social history, it is too haphazard and repetitive to be truly memorable."
‑ Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
"It's the mind-blowing performance footage (and there's lots of it) that makes this a must-see film."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Will American viewers with no familiarity of this group find much to hold their interest ...? Yes, to a point. The documentary has an ace tucked in its spangled G-string: Liza Minnelli"
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
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