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Paris Is Burning ()

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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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Brooke Xtravaganza ...
(as Carmen and Brooke)
André Christian
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Herself
Junior Labeija
Sandy Ninja
Kim Pendavis
Avis Pendavis
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(as Octavia Saint Laurent)
Stevie Saint Laurent
Anji Xtravaganza ...
(as Angie Xtravaganza)
Bianca Xtravaganza
Danny Xtravaganza
David Ian Xtravaganza
David The Father Xtravaganza ...
(as David the Father Xtravaganza)
Venus Xtravaganza
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Xtravaganza
Eileen Ford ...
Herself (uncredited)
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Herself (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Hector Xtravaganza ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Jennie Livingston

Produced by

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Richard Dooley ... additional associate producer
Nigel Finch ... executive producer: BBC Television
Claire Goodman ... associate producer
Madison D. Lacy ... executive producer: WNYC Television (as Davis Lacy)
Jennie Livingston ... producer
Meg McLagan ... associate producer
Barry Swimar ... co-producer

Cinematography by

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Paul Gibson

Film Editing by

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Jonathan Oppenheim

Editorial Department

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Elizabeth Bouiss ... assistant editor
Nancy Crumley ... assistant editor
Kate Davis ... additional editor
Melissa Hacker ... assistant editor
Carol Hillson ... associate editor
Paul Jacques Hulot ... apprentice editor
Spike Lampros ... assistant editor
Jacinta Orlando ... assistant editor
Janine St. Germain ... apprentice editor
Paul Vincent ... apprentice editor

Production Management

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Natalie G. Hill ... production manager (as Natalie Hill)

Art Department

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Anne Dutlinger ... graphic designer
Jim Rogula ... graphic designer

Sound Department

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James Adner ... additional sound recordist
Maryse Alberti ... additional sound recordist (as Mayrse Alberti)
Scott Breindel ... additional sound recordist
Catherine Calderon ... sound recordist
Rick Dior ... sound mixer: New York
Judy Karp ... sound recordist
George Leong ... additional sound recordist
Jennie Livingston ... additional sound recordist
Yehuda Maayan ... additional sound recordist (as Jehuda Maayan)
Stanley Nelson ... additional sound recordist
Étienne Sauret ... additional sound recordist
Matt Skilton ... sound mixer: London
J.T. Takagi ... additional sound recordist
Stacia Thompson ... sound editor
Pawel Wdowczak ... sound (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Maryse Alberti ... camera: second unit (as Mayrse Alberti)
Josef Astor ... still photographer
Zinka Benton ... additional camera assistant
Bonnie Blake ... additional camera assistant
Michael Bonvillain ... assistant camera (as Michael Bon Villain)
Dorian Corey ... still photographer
Theo Cremona ... assistant camera (as Theo Crimona)
Alyson Denny ... additional camerawork
Lloyd Goldfine ... assistant camera
Jill Johnson ... additional camera assistant
Jennie Livingston ... still photographer
Bill Megalos ... additional camerawork (as William Megalos)
Frank Prinzi ... additional camerawork
Benjamin P. Speth ... additional camerawork (as Ben Speth)
Hugh Walsh ... additional camera assistant
Hector Xtravaganza ... still photographer (as Hector Crespo)
Sam Henriques ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Music Department

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Lynn Geller ... music supervisor (uncredited)

Other crew

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Rosalinda Alvira ... production assistant
Nicole Barnum ... production assistant
Harry Birckmayer ... production assistant (as Harry Birckmeyer)
Sara Blecher ... production assistant
Peggy Brady ... legal advisor
Jane Bresnick ... production assistant
Penny Dow ... production assistant
Borden Elniff ... title designer
Jan Heissinger ... production assistant
David Irrera ... production assistant
Susan Jacobs ... publicist
Janet Jacobson ... legal advisor
Karen Kandrak ... production assistant
Bengt Mattson ... production assistant
Tracy Morgan ... production assistant
Myra Paci ... production assistant
Elise Pettus ... production coordinator
Sydney Pokorney ... production assistant
Eric Rosenblatt ... production assistant
Carolina Salguero ... production assistant
Kevin Skvorak ... production assistant
Phoebe Yantsis ... production assistant

Thanks

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Eric Albertson ... special thanks
David Baer ... in memory of
Mark Balit ... special thanks
Martin Bell ... special thanks
Anna Boorstin ... special thanks
Louis Boorstin ... special thanks
Steven Broadway ... special thanks
Pieter Jan Brugge ... special thanks
Bunty Bunnington ... special thanks
Lady Bunnington ... special thanks
David Byrne ... very special thanks
Marcel Christian ... special thanks
Fred Cohen ... special thanks
Gertrude Cohn ... very special thanks
Elise Contarsy ... special thanks
Lisa Cortez ... special thanks
Eddie Deitch ... special thanks
Terry Dewhirst ... special thanks
Chip Duckett ... special thanks
Carol Ellingsen ... special thanks
Pat Field ... special thanks
Nigel Finch ... very special thanks
Molly M. Fowler ... special thanks (as Molly Fowler)
Vanessa Fuss ... very special thanks (as Vanessa Haney)
Martha Galahue ... very special thanks
Debbie Geller ... special thanks
Faye Ginsburg ... special thanks
Gary Glickman ... special thanks
Richard Goldstein ... special thanks
Ruth Greenberg ... very special thanks
Catherine Hall ... special thanks
Linda Hansen ... special thanks
Keith Haring ... special thanks
Betsy Hauser ... special thanks
Werner Herzog ... special thanks
Kevin Hills ... very special thanks
Kay Houlihan ... special thanks
Ellen Hovde ... special thanks
John Howell ... special thanks
Terry Jentz ... special thanks
Lillian Jiminez ... special thanks
Jenny Kane ... special thanks
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett ... special thanks
Davis Lacy ... very special thanks
David Leavitt ... special thanks
Fran Lebowitz ... special thanks
David Lee ... special thanks
The Livingston Family ... very special thanks
Richard Roland Livingston ... in memory of
Lee Marks ... in memory of
Mrs. Lee Marks ... very special thanks
Paul Martino ... special thanks
Thornton Matheson ... special thanks
Meg McLagan ... very special thanks
Adam Merims ... special thanks
Roland Mesa ... special thanks
Muffie Meyer ... special thanks
Jamie Midgely ... special thanks
Rebecca Miller ... special thanks
Burt Minkoff ... special thanks
Paul Minx ... special thanks
Michael Moon ... special thanks
Pat Moran ... special thanks
Donald Newhouse ... special thanks
Susan Newhouse ... special thanks
Esther Newton ... special thanks
Josie Oppenheim ... very special thanks
Alan J. Pakula ... very special thanks (as Alan Pakula)
Hannah Pakula ... very special thanks
Ida Panicelli ... special thanks
Tod Papageorge ... special thanks
Bruce Pearsawl ... special thanks
Lynn Piaseki ... special thanks
Jody Pinto ... special thanks
Tony Rossi ... special thanks
Vito Russo ... special thanks
Karen Sachs ... special thanks
Victoria Schultz ... special thanks
Jamie Shapiro ... special thanks
Loren Smith ... special thanks
Susan Solt ... special thanks
Steven Spriggs ... special thanks
Ron Stone ... special thanks
Donald Suggs ... special thanks
Larry Superstein ... special thanks
Leah Superstein ... special thanks
Kevin Sutton ... in memory of
Julie Talen ... special thanks
Howard Thomas ... special thanks
Chichi Valenti ... special thanks
Barbara Van Dyke ... special thanks
John Waters ... special thanks
Pavel Wdowczak ... special thanks
Gerald Wen ... special thanks
Frederick Wiseman ... special thanks
Jacky Woodson ... special thanks
Johnny Dynell Xtravaganza ... special thanks
Irwin Young ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Having a ball...wish you were here See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Children Are (United States)
  • To Be Real (United States)
  • Paris Is Burning (United States)
  • Paris brennt (Germany)
  • Париж горит (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 71 min
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Box Office

Budget $500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $10,839, 16 Jun 2019

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Doc Hollywood/Return to the Blue Lagoon/Hot Shots!/Paris Is Burning/Another You (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Is It All Over My Face! 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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