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“What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine,” observed Susan Sontag, who was both a little butch and a lot beautiful. I remembered this quote today in part because I noticed that "Victor/Victoria," starring Julie Andrews as the unemployed performer who finds a work as a male drag queen, was on TCM tonight. And in part because the image it conjured was watching "Taking Woodstock," when in walked Vilma, a musclebound blonde in a candy-pink dress, who resembled Mamie Van Doren with stubble. S/he spoke in a familiar voice, like honey mixed with molten asphalt. Holy cow! Liev Schreiber in drag?!? (In his first screen performance, "Mixed Nuts," he was also a cross-dresser.) In "Taking Woodstock," I particularly liked the contrast of pink frock and Deep Purple voice. I’d nominate him for cinema’s genderbender Hall of Fame. »


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