This is a documentary of ‘drag nights’ among New York’s underclass. Queens are interviewed and observed preparing for and competing in many ‘balls’. The people, the clothes, and the whole environment are outlandish.
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Livingston's documentary was a cultural and critical sensation on release in '90 capitalizing on vogue and drag coming into the mainstream by zeroing in on gay black culture and the 'ballroom' competitions. ver 25 years later it stands as a highly influential document of its times that foreshadowed the continuing mainstreaming of its subject matter into popular culture. Poignant, powerful and somewhat heartbreaking
A fun ride, but also a brutal/bitter one. More than a "fabulous" doc on NYC ball culture, the film provides a brave social commentary on marginalized Black, Latino, gay and transgender communities during the 80's. It depicts exemplarily the strong sense of community between these groups, neglected by their families and forced to survive in a society that does not understand them. A real achievement in Queer Cinema.
Fantastic. I loved everything about this film from the beautiful rough and ready 16mm film all shot in available light to the diverse and utterly unashamed characters. Sits alongside highly memorable films like Benjamin Smoke. 4.5 stars