Paris Is Burning
Paris Is Burning (1990)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Jeremy Heilman

Livingston is smart enough to realize that her subjects are best equipped to explain themselves.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The beauty of the film is Livingston's nonjudgmental, accommodating camera.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This documentary is a beautiful time capsule of the "ball" culture of late eighties drag culture. Not only does it show the performance aspect of… More
Jim Hunter
This documentary focuses on the aspirations and culture of African American homosexuals and transsexuals. What is interesting about this subject is the depth of… More
Carlos Magalhães
A revealing (and sad) portrait of this subculture of the 1980s, it documents the balls, "houses" (or "families"), "voguing" and a… More
Derek Daniels
Intruiging documentary about the lives of homosexuals and drag balls in Harlem, specifically vogueing, the art of dancing in a way that rips off runway models.… More
Christian C
A timeless, classic LBGT film. Quite bold for its time...which I guess means it isn't exactly "timeless"....still....
_kelly .King
It's just fab that there are any documentaries as revealing and close to its subjects as 'Paris Is Burning'. An obvious landmark for queer… More