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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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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

Considered to be the first example of the now-common expression "throwing shade." See more »

Quotes

Dorian Corey: I always had hopes of being a big star. But as you get older, you aim a little lower. Everybody wants to make an impression, some mark upon the world. Then you think, you've made a mark on the world if you just get through it, and a few people remember your name. Then you've left a mark. You don't have to bend the whole world. I think it's better to just enjoy it. Pay your dues, and just enjoy it. If you shoot an arrow and it goes real high, hooray for you.
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Connections

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

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I Am What I Am
from 'La Cage aux Folles'
Written by Jerry Herman
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update..
15 July 2004 | by bboy7kSee all my reviews

to give folks an update on the individuals interviewed in "Paris Is Burning", Angie Xtravaganza, Dorian Corey & just last year(or early this year?), Pepper LaBeija all passed-away, unfortunately. ...they will all be missed.:(

Willi Ninja's still on the performing scene. ...as is Sade Pendavis(from my understanding). ..i'm not sure what has become of the rest of the cast, though.

to this day, i watch this film as if it's the first time seeing it....i, personally, would like Ms. Livingston to make a follow-up film, catching back-up with the surviving individuals....as i'm sure a good many of you would like to see as well.;)


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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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