Paris Is Burning (1990)

Poster for the movie "Paris Is Burning"
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Poster for the movie "Paris Is Burning"

Paris Is Burning (1990)

71 min - Documentary - 13 March 1990

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, PARIS IS BURNING offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion "houses," from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women — including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza — PARIS IS BURNING brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

Director:  Jennie Livingston
Director of Photography:  Paul Gibson

Storyline

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, PARIS IS BURNING offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion "houses," from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women — including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza — PARIS IS BURNING brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.


Collections: Jennie Livingston

Tagline: Having a ball… Wish you were here

Genres: Documentary

Details

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Language:  English
Release Date:  13 March 1990

Box Office

Budget:  $500,000
Revenue:  $3,779,620

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Miramax

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 11 min

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