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Catalog # 266
Title Paris is Burning
Filmmaker Jennie Livingston
Year 1990
Subject Gender
Format VHS
Region North America
Description Produced by Miramax Films. 1990. 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. An unblinking behind the scenes story of fashion obsessed New Yorkers who created "voguing" and drag balls , and turned these raucous celebrations into a powerful expression pf personal pride. The world within a world is instantly familiar, filled with ambitions, desires and yearnings that reflect America itself. PARIS IS BURNING is an intimate portrait of one urban community, a world in which the allure of high fashion, status and wealth becomes an affirmation of love, acceptance and joy. Descript 1 DVD (71 min.) Cast: Carmen and Brooke, André Christian and Dorian Corey Subject: gender, definition,