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Venus Boyz (2002)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 4 July 2002 (Germany)
A film journey through a universe of female masculinity. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men - ... See full summary »

Director:

Gabriel Baur (as Gabrielle Baur)

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Gabriel Baur (as Gabrielle Baur)

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Credited cast:
Diane Torr Diane Torr ... Him / Herself
Dréd Gerestant Dréd Gerestant ... Himself / Herself
Del La Grace Volcano Del La Grace Volcano ... Himself
Queen Bee Luscious Queen Bee Luscious ... Himself / herself
Mistress Formika Mistress Formika ... Himself / Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philly Abe Philly Abe ... Himself / Herself
Dee Finley Dee Finley ... Himself / Herself
Mo Fischer ... Himself / Herself
Judith Halberstam Judith Halberstam ... Himself / Herself
Bridge Markland Bridge Markland ... Himself / herself
Simo Maronati Simo Maronati ... Himself / herself
Shelly Mars Shelly Mars ... Himself / Herself
Martina Meijer Torr Martina Meijer Torr ... Himself / Herself
Marcel Meijer Marcel Meijer ... Himself / Herself
A. Hans Scheirl A. Hans Scheirl ... Himself / Herself
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A film journey through a universe of female masculinity. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men - some for a night, others for their whole lives. What motivates them? What changes take place? What do they dream of? The drag kings of New York meet in clubs and change lustfully into their male alter egos, parodying them and exploring male eroticism and power strategies. In London we see women experiment with hormones to become new men and 'cyborgs'. Masculinity and transformation as performance, subversion or existential necessity. Written by Anonymous

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Switzerland | USA | Germany

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English

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4 July 2002 (Germany) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,045, 24 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,401, 6 June 2004
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Dolby SR
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good idea, but not entertaining to watch
19 January 2006 | by shanakinsSee all my reviews

I love drags kings. I love the fabulously campy performances and the way they challenge traditional concepts of gender and sex. Unfortunately, I did not love watching Venus Boyz, an uneven documentary on drag kings with plenty of unfilled potential. How the director managed to make a movie so boring, unfocused and self-indulgent about a field with some of the best entertainers in the country should be one of the mysteries of the modern world. Venus Boyz's structure is simple. Combine footage of performances and minimally edited interviews with drag kings in and out of drag. The resulting film contains brief moments of humor and passing insights on gender deconstruction that are never explored fully--mostly because of the absence of an overarching story structure. Instead, viewers are treated to long interviews and voice-overs with both unattractive narcissistic kings and beautifully articulate gender benders. Venus Boyz will probably be most satisfying to viewers unfamiliar with or looking for an introduction to gender theory and the drag king phenomenon. As for me, I'd rather just go see a drag king show.


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