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Wigstock: The Movie (1995)

 -  Documentary  -  9 June 1995 (USA)
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Documentary/Concert film covering the annual Drag festival in New York City. Highlights include a performance by drag diva, Ru Paul, and the infamous Lypsinca.

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Documentary/Concert film covering the annual Drag festival in New York City. Highlights include a performance by drag diva, Ru Paul, and the infamous Lypsinca. Written by R. John Berggren <jberg@nina.pagesz.net>

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A Celebration of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Big Hair!

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Rated R for sex-related material and language | See all certifications »
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$688,512 (USA)
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Lady Bunny: I think Mother Nature must be a drag queen, can you believe this weather?
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Referenced in The Wiggle Show (2007) See more »

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Wigging Out
24 June 2002 | by (North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Made in the mid 1990's, this film shows live performances and

some behind the scenes footage of the giant New York City based

Wigstock festival, where gay and straight alike come decked out in

flamboyant makeup and hair. An entertaining enough documentary, although for every good onstage number, there is an

equal and opposite bad one.

The film opens with someone named Misstress Formica telling us

that the media is brainwashing everyone into being Republicans,

something any Republican in their right mind knows is not true,

but wishes it were. The film is often a little confusing, showing and

interchanging performances from 1993, which took place in a

park, and 1994, which took place on a pier. I wonder why the film

makers did this, were they short of watchable stuff they could

show?

Most of the drag queens here look like either Andy Dick or Divine.

The musical numbers are another matter. Lypsinka is so

entertaining, s/he deserved their own film. On the other hand, the

less said about the Wigstock Dancers, the better. I will have

nightmares for months after Leigh Bowery's bizarre birth

performance piece, the end credits dedicate the film to him, he

died in 1994. The film also follows sometime actor and famous

sibling Alexis Arquette as he gets ready for the celebration.

I am a huge dance music fan, and the film makers wisely trot out

great stuff by RuPaul, Deee-Lite, and Crystal Waters. Again, this is

negated by some lip synch numbers that make MTV's limp "Say

What Karaoke" show look like auditions at Carnegie Hall.

The lack of primary direction the film makers show is also evident.

I never got a sense about why the film was made. Gay pride? Back

stage at a huge concert? The drag queen culture? All of these are

hit upon, but never to the depth that might have made this more

interesting.

I am not sure if Wigstock is going on today, or if the same people

are still involved. AIDS is brought up often, and Wigstock has lost

many performers that we will never get to see strut their stuff

onstage. If anything, I came away from this film with a perspective

the film makers never dreamed would happen. The 1994 pier

concert forced the performers to sing and dance while looking

directly at the New York City skyline, and toward the end of the film,

you can see the World Trade Center standing in its rightful place.

Suddenly, all the advice these strange looking individuals are

dishing out makes perfect sense: loosen up, have fun, and

celebrate yourself, because as AIDS did then, and terrorism did

now, we realize that no one is immortal. What have you done today

to leave your mark on this planet? You do not have to cure cancer,

but as these people show, you can live your life and be happy, and

still be totally fulfilled.

For what it is, "Wigstock: The Movie" does succeed. It is funny that

something this shallow and silly will have you questioning deeper

societal problems. I do slightly recommend it.

This is rated (R) for strong profanity, some female nudity, some

male nudity, strong sexual references, drug references, and adult

situations.


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