Sunday, 19 April 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 119: Wed Apr 29

Paris is Burning (Livingston, 1990): Cinema Museum, 7pm

ReShape and the Cinema Museum present the VITO Project, a series of free monthly screenings bringing generations of LGBTs together to provide an alternative space to mix, watch films and share ideas. Tonight's film is the documentary Paris is Burning.

Chicago Reader review:
Jennie Livingston's exuberant and loving documentary about "voguing" and the drag balls of Harlem is both a celebration and a canny commentary. Delving into the dance poses and acrobatic moves of black and Latino gay men, she enters this highly ritualized subculture with a genuine sense of curiosity and discovery, and is wise enough to let the participants themselves do most of the explaining. One emerges from this film not only with a new vocabulary and a fresh way of viewing the straight world, but with a bracing object lesson in understanding what society "role models" are all about. See it.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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