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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…
This is a must see movie. It's a documentary about 80's drag. It hits on a variate of issue and it is on point because it includes many aspects on the lgbt community at the time.
Un pedacito importante de Historia queer.
Gente queriendo ser gente y disfrutando de la vida a pesar de las muchas hostias (literales o simbólicas) que recibian.
“I don't tell you you're ugly but I don't have to tell you because you KNOW you're ugly”
Fabulous, fascinating and tragic. Wicked soundtrack as well.
52 Films By Women: #52 Jennie Livingstone (yay, managed to complete this challenge on time :D)
I don't get it. I mean the film is fine and I kind of get why it's a classic. It's quite a difficult sort of documentary to make and no wonder it had a small army of editors in the credits. But as for the content, I just don't get it, didn't seem to be able to connect to it at all.
Maybe it's just because I'm not queer and I don't have those points of reference. Or maybe it's because I'm really introverted (I am honestly never excited about going to a party and a dress up one just seems all the more…
It's an overwhelming experience this film, and seeing it followed by a panel discussion of people involved in the ball community added extra layers and made it clear there's plenty to criticise (mostly in terms of how the scene is presented, how the personalities are little more than icons, and whether this is a form of gentrification of a subculture). Mostly it made clear to me that this is not a fleeting fad that's since disappeared, this is part of almost a century of continuous development, just that mostly it's been out of sight of such as myself. As for the film, whatever criticism one may make about some of the ways it frames its talent, the sheer energy and…
if i had to pick what i loved more my family or paris is burning i'd pick paris is burning
This movie gets better with every watch.
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