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Paris Is Burning (1990)

TV Program
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A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director:

Jennie Livingston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Xtravaganza Brooke Xtravaganza ... Self (as Carmen and Brooke)
André Christian André Christian ... Self (as Andre Christian)
Dorian Corey ... Self
Paris Duprée ... Self (as Paris Dupree)
Pepper LaBeija ... Self
Junior LaBeija Junior LaBeija ... Self
Willi Ninja ... Self
Sandy Ninja Sandy Ninja ... Self
Kim Pendavis Kim Pendavis ... Self
Freddie Pendavis ... Self
Sol Pendavis ... Self
Avis Pendavis Avis Pendavis ... Self
Octavia St. Laurent ... Self (as Octavia Saint Laurent)
Stevie Saint Laurent Stevie Saint Laurent ... Self
Anji Xtravaganza Anji Xtravaganza ... Self (as Angie Xtravaganza)
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Storyline

This is a documentary of 'drag nights' among New York's underclass. Queens are interviewed and observed preparing for and competing in many 'balls'. The people, the clothes, and the whole environment are outlandish. Written by Robbie Smith <robsmith@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Having a ball...wish you were here

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A young Pepper LaBeija can be seen very briefly as a contestant in the 1968 documentary The Queen, about a drag beauty pageant held in New York City. The legendary Crystal LaBeija, original mother and founder of the House of LaBeija, is also featured giving a fierce and shady reading. See more »

Quotes

Venus Xtravaganza: Some of them say that we're sick, we're crazy. And some of them think that we are the most gorgeous, special things on Earth.
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Connections

Referenced in RuPaul's Drag Race: Absolut Drag Ball (2009) See more »

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I'll House You
Written by R. Kiper
Performed by Jungle Brothers (as The Jungle Brothers)
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I Love this movie.
11 February 2006 | by giatimeSee all my reviews

First of all I am a butch, straight white male. But even with that handicap I love this movie. It's about real people. A real time and place. And of course New York City in the 80's. I had many gay friends growing up in New York in the eighties and the one thing about them i always admired was their courage to live their lives the way they wanted to live them. No matter what the consequences. That's courageous. You have to admire that. This is a great film, watch it and take in what it was like to be a flamboyant African American or Hispanic Gay man in the New York of the eighties. It's real life. Bottom line it's real life.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children Are See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$310,127, 11 August 1991

Gross USA:

$3,905,297

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,905,297
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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