The Legend of Leigh Bowery
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Born to a middle-class family in suburban Australia, Leigh Bowery moved to London, England, in the early '80s with a desire to re-invent himself. Always fascinated with fashion and the expressive possibilities of clothing, Bowery quickly became a noted figure in London's image-obsessed "New Romantic" scene, where (as Marcus Bracewell put it) "getting ready [to go out] became an art form." While Bowery's elaborate creations were striking, Bowery designed clothing as an art form rather than as salable fashion items -- creating costumes for theater pieces,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"The Legend of Leigh Bowery replaces the man within the queer myth to the extent that when it's over, Bowery seems less a freakish terror than the shrewd art-world transgressive he was."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Absorbing documentary."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A mesmerizing, beautifully made documentary."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"An interesting doc, if only because it serves to introduce the work of a gifted, unique artist to those of us who have found little good to say about the 1980s and the excesses they produced."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"As tributes go, The Legend of Leigh Bowery is a saucy eye-opener."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Atlas's remarkable moving-picture- book tribute to Bowery."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"Put on your most frightening wig, and enjoy the show."
‑ , E! Online
"More hagiography than critique, smoothing out Bowery's rough edges to paint him as an irrepressibly charming svengali."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
"Without pushing too hard, the film makes a case for Bowery as a significant artistic catalyst blazing a glittery trail at the intersection of fashion, pop music and surrealist performance."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Boy George seems to be the only person genuinely inspired today to pick up Bowery's fashion torch, but if is that something anybody wants?"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"You may find the film as outrageous as it is outlandish, and Bowery would have taken that as a compliment."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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