Monday, March 18, 2013

Paris is Burning

1990 American Feature

Cast: Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Willi Ninja, Octavia St. Laurent, Angie Xtravaganza and Venus Xtravaganza
Director: Jennie Livingston

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its vitality.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 85%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
  • International Documentary Association Award.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Documentary.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Documentary.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Documentary.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.
  • Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Documentary.

  • Generally considered by the ball culture community to be an invaluable record of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls.

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