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The Queen (1968)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 June 1968 (USA)
Jack is 24, sometimes he's a drag queen named Sabrina. In 1967, as Sabrina, he's the mistress of ceremonies at a national drag queen contest in New York City. The camera goes behind the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Jim Dine Jim Dine ... Himself - Jury Member
Jack Doroshow Jack Doroshow ... Flawless Sabrina
Bruce Jay Friedman Bruce Jay Friedman ... Himself - Jury Member
Bernard Giquel Bernard Giquel ... Interviewer
Rachel Harlow Rachel Harlow ... Harlow (as Richard Finnochio)
Jill Krementz Jill Krementz ... Herself
Jerry Leiber ... Himself - Jury Member
Mary Ellen Mark ... Herself
Mario Montez Mario Montez ... Himself
George Plimpton ... Himself
Larry Rivers Larry Rivers ... Himself
Edie Sedgwick ... Herself
Terry Southern Terry Southern ... Himself
Andy Warhol ... Himself
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Jack is 24, sometimes he's a drag queen named Sabrina. In 1967, as Sabrina, he's the mistress of ceremonies at a national drag queen contest in New York City. The camera goes behind the scenes, recording the rehearsals leading up to the contest, the conversations in the dressing room (about draft boards, sexual identity and sex-change operations, and being a drag queen), and the jealousies that emerge before and after the competition. Jack introduces us to Richard, a young man who becomes Jack's protégé. As Miss Harlow, Richard enters the contest. One of his principal competitors is Miss Crystal, who's from Manhattan. Who will win the crown? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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English

Release Date:

17 June 1968 (USA) See more »

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La reine See more »

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Female impersonator Rachel Harlow (aka Harlow) unsuccessfully tested for the role of Myra Breckinridge (ultimately played by Raquel Welch); a clip from his screen test can be very briefly seen on a "making of" extra on the US Myra Breckinridge DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Pink Flamingos (1972) See more »

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Fantastic Snapshot
7 February 2014 | by massagetantrayogaSee all my reviews

I give t a 10 for what it captured. It is raw, rough and imperfect, but delivers a unique view into what was the pre-Stonewall era. Other reviewers here don't get it. See: Boys in the Band. This is as real as it gets, and makes several touching points about serving in the military/the draft, what it means to be homosexual, and early thoughts about gender identity in an era when gender reassignment became a possibility. This is not a drag show. It's a film about people who do drag/female impersonation. And it's a poignant film and should be a required watch for anyone in the scene or homosexual or in drag today - a part of history that few know anything about. Keep in mind: although this was the 'lberated' 60s, the NYPD could have very well showed up and arrested all these people. A great piece of history, without someone's re-interpretation.


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