Paris Is Burning
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Poignant, well-received documentary that reveals the community of New York's minority drag queens, gay black and Latino men who cross dress as women and invent the dance style of "voguing," imitating the fashion poses on the covers of the magazine Vogue. As director Jennie Livingston discovers, her subjects band together into family-like "houses" for protection, taking the same last names and competing in drag balls where awards are given out for authenticity or "realness," as well as other categories like "evening wear" and "executive… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Livingston is smart enough to realize that her subjects are best equipped to explain themselves."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"This landmark docu celebrates the resourcefulness of a group that's subcultural but not truly countercultural--its denizens long to become members of the society they imitate, operating at its periphery."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The beauty of the film is Livingston's nonjudgmental, accommodating camera."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
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