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Paris is Burning
Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary (directeor Jennie Livingston) filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, chronicling the ball culture of New York City and the poor, African American and Latino gay and transgendered community involved in it. Many consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls and exploration of queer culture
Exactly two years ago I drank a lot of coconut rum and ended up lying on the floor of my apartment at 2 AM, watching Paris Is Burning on Netflix. (I threw up all the next day.) Last year I did it again, albeit drinking much less, and now tonight it's the third January 17 in a row I've observed this tradition. I hope I watch it again a year from now, too, because if any movie should be an annual experience it's Paris Is Burning, the documentary I hold most dear.
I was re-watching this when I got the news that the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states and I cried for about an hour. Watching this didn't help.
I just can't help but think about all the queer kids that are going to be born today and in the future in the US who will never live in a world where their love is illegal and we as a community still have so much work to do but it's so nice to have this victory and I'm so emotional and so gay.
The movie is still great, by the way.
(It's my sister's birthday today, when I see her I'll probably be more excited about marriage equality. Sorry, sis.)
Obviously I've never felt like I was all here; like I was detached from my own experience. Everything always felt like it was probably more visceral to everyone else than it was to me. For the longest time I would have to force myself to care about anything. I knew I was supposed to feel something about relationships, feelings, being hurt or loved, so I faked it. Conjured up the responses I saw other people do. Performed them, if you will. My mind kind of sat outside my body. I still feel this today, though I'm finally lowering down to earth a little more each day.
After this film ended I happened to click back to my Facebook where I…
As a trans-woman twirls around on a sandy beach, the wind seemingly on the verge of whisking her away, she sings "I am my oooown creation!" I couldn't help but smile as my heart swelled.
It is a damn shame that Jennie Livingston hasn't continued directing films. Paris is Burning is an incredible documentary which has served as a guide of sorts to drag queens for the past 24 years. You can not watch RuPaul's Drag Race without hearing the words: shade, reading, fierce or xtravaganza at least a dozen times...each episode. Drag mothers and houses are still very much a common practice, providing families and support to those who have been cast out of their homes for being gay.…
One of the things that is lost when even productions "with their hearts in the right place" cast cisgender actors as trans characters is the notion, the very idea that trans people can be beautiful. By casting even an attractive, not altogether masculine actor like Andrew Garfield as a transwoman, even the sympathetic, ostensibly progressive voices out there reinforce that there is something "different" about trans people, and things like Arcade Fire's "We Exist" video or DALLAS BUYERS CLUB ultimately do not deserve credit for moving the discussion forward when it moves from "Ew, what freaks!" to, "Hey, it doesn't matter if they're freaks."
One of the things that PARIS IS BURNING makes abundantly clear is that all those queer…
Paris is Burning, Jeannie Livingston’s poignant and illuminating documentary, focuses on the underground Harlem drag-ball scene of the late 1980s before it was repackaged for the mainstream. I love documentaries like this, those that explore a unique subculture specific to a particular time and place. Whilst I knew Madonna borrowed ‘voguing’ from the New York drag scene I knew very little about this niche gathering.
Livingston’s film evocatively chronicles the period as the LGBT community meet at flamboyant balls to compete in competitions and runway face-offs. Following a handful of participants, the documentary explores the rules and lingo of the subculture as we learn about the importance of the balls in the lives of those that take part. From the…
There are numerous problems with the documentary from its reliance and focus on spectacle rather than the ritual and subversion of the drag balls and the reflection provided by the main cast; the neutral positioning of the white filmmaker which diffuses any critical engagement of how their whiteness has influenced and structured the narrative of black, gay men; how a particular type of whiteness is held up as desirable by the people in the film in a totally uncritical manner. That is, it is not examined as the reason for the oppression and exploitation that they find themselves in; and lastly, the use of fantasy as an escape from reality via the balls is not sufficiently examined and critiqued.
However, I give it four stars because it is a fascinating film to use to talk about race and representation, documentary filmmaking, subjectivity/objectivity, and critical reception/reading of film texts.
Absolutely wonderful as both a work of art and a political artifact that remains relevant - and perhaps has even grown in relevance. A masterpiece.
i watched this movie and i loved every single part of it...it delved into a beautiful culture, tht in a way, is the mother of all other cultures
i absolutely love this film's atmosphere. the 80s nightlife location, the #looks, the people, just everything about it. this was super fascinating and fun to watch.
A really solid documentary, gets right to the point and is technically really good. Like the drag scene shown in this movie it's really energetic and glamorous, can't wait to watch it again.
Straight people have no idea how much they owe to the LGBT community (especially the black LGBT community) for what they have.
Can anyone honestly name a more energetic film?
Simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting. An incredible portrayal of a community so awfully persecuted against. The best part of this is how it gives the voice directly to the subjects without the filmmakers trying to ever butt in or obviously shape the narrative.
A frank and unadorned documentary on New York's underground ballroom culture in the 1980s that does the simple but extraordinary thing of leaving the task of storytelling in the hands of its spectacular subjects.
This movie means everything.
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