PARIS IS BURNING (1990)

$750.00

PARIS IS BURNING (1990) [New York]: Prestige Pictures, 1990. Vintage original 41 x 27″ (104 x 69 cm.) one sheet poster, unfolded, just about fine.

Director Jennie Livingston’s classic film about New York City drag balls, shot in the mid-to-late 1980s, now considered the end of the Golden Age of these balls.

“According to Livingston, the documentary is a multi-leveled exploration of an African American and Latino subculture that serves as a microcosm of fame, race, and wealth in the larger US culture.

“Through candid one-on-one interviews, the film offers insight into the lives and struggles of its subjects and the strength, pride, and humor they display to survive in a ‘rich, white world.’

“Drag is presented as a complex performance of gender, class, and race, and a way to express one’s identity, desires and aspirations. The African American and Latino community depicted in the film includes a diverse range of sexual identities and gender presentations, from “butch queens”(gay cisgender men) to transgender women, to drag queens, to butch women.

“The film also documents the origins of “voguing”, a dance style in which competing ball-walkers pose and freeze in glamorous positions as if being photographed for the cover of Vogue.” (Wikipedia)

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