Paris Is Burning

Paris Is Burning

Dorian Corey
Director: Jennie Livingston Cast: Dorian Corey
Dorian Corey
, Pepper Labeija
Pepper Labeija
, Danny Xtravaganza
Danny Xtravaganza
Jennie Livingston

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Poignant, well-received documentary that reveals the community of New York's minority drag queens, gay black and Latino men who cross dress as women and invent the dance style of "voguing," imitating the fashion poses on the covers of the magazine Vogue. As director Jennie Livingston discovers, her subjects band together into family-like "houses" for protection, taking the same last names and competing in drag balls where awards are given out for authenticity or "realness," as well as other categories like "evening wear" and "executive wear." Both an embracing and a refutation of the world of high fashion, the balls become the social locus of this underclass, underground society of outcasts defiantly refusing to be ignored by a world that scorns them. Paris Is Burning (1991) was one of several critically acclaimed documentaries of the late 1980s and early 1990s excluded from Academy Award nominations, eventually leading to a reappraisal of the Academy's stodgy selection process.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2020
UPC: 0715515241519
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:16:00
Sales rank: 4,548

Special Features

New conversation between Livingston, ball community members Sol Pendavis and Freddie Pendavis, and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris Over an hour of never-before-seen outtakes Audio commentary from 2005, featuring Livingston, ball community members Freddie Pendavis and Willi Ninja, and film editor Jonathan Oppenheim Episode of The Joan Rivers Show from 1991, featuring Livingston and ball community members Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Freddie Pendavis, and Ninja Trailer English SDH subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorian Corey Participant
Pepper Labeija Participant
Danny Xtravaganza Participant
Brooke Participant
Carmen Actor
Carmen Xtravaganza Participant
Paris Dupree Participant
Junior Labeija Participant
Sandy Ninja Participant
Willi Ninja Participant
Avis Pendavis Participant
Sol Pendavis Participant
Octavia St. Laurent Participant
Venus Xtravaganza Participant
Angie Xtravaganza Participant
Anji Xtravaganza Actor
Bianca Xtravaganza Participant
Freddie Pendavis Participant
Kim Pendavis Participant

Technical Credits
Jennie Livingston Director,Producer
Catherine Calderon Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Dooley Associate Producer
Nigel Finch Executive Producer
Paul Gibson Cinematographer
Claire Goodman Associate Producer
Natalie Hill Production Manager
Judy Karp Sound/Sound Designer
Davis Lacy Producer
Madison Davis Lacy Executive Producer
Meg McLagan Associate Producer
Jonathan Oppenheim Editor
Barry Swimar Co-producer

Customer Reviews

Paris Is Burning 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LadyLeaf More than 1 year ago
One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Here are people the rest of us barely know exist -- and they know we don't even acknowledge them -- creating something beautiful, utterly creative and building courage and self-esteem. And doing this using what little they can find, make themselves, beg, borrow, (and, yes) steal. As legendary Pepper LaBeija (R.I.P) says: "These kids have two of nothing" yet transform themselves and become whatever they dream about, just for one night, hoping to win an award and be the best they can be. Imagine being black and gay; can you imagine being more cast out of society? And yet they have made something which claims truly I Am Somebody! Oh and what fun it is to watch too: the music, costumes, personalities. But also the sadness knowing most of the stars of this great film are now dead is there too, but doesn't overwhelm the up-lifting spirit they left for future generations.
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