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Paris Is Burning (1990)

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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.

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Jennie Livingston
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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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Having a ball...wish you were here

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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 »

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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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I Am What I Am
from 'La Cage aux Folles'
Written by Jerry Herman
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Some answers as to where they are now.....
25 November 2004 | by DeltaX27See all my reviews

While many unfortunately passed on, the ballroom scene is still very much alive and carrying on their legacy. Some are still very much alive and quite well, Octavia is more radiant and beautiful than ever, Willi Ninja is very accomplished and gives a great deal of support to the gay community as a whole, Pepper Labeija just passed on last year of natural cause, may she rest in peace. After Anji's passing Carmen became the mother of the house of Xtravaganza (she was in the beach scene) and she is looking more and more lovely as well. Some balls have categories dedicated to those who have passed, may they all rest in peace. There is currently another project underway known as "How Do I Look?", you can check out the website at www.howdoilooknyc.org.


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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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