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The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Born to a middle-class family in suburban Australia, Leigh Bowery moved to London, England, in the early '80s with a desire to re-invent himself. Always fascinated with fashion and the expressive possibilities of clothing, Bowery quickly became a noted figure in London's image-obsessed "New Romantic" scene, where (as Marcus Bracewell put it) "getting ready [to go out] became an art form." While Bowery's elaborate creations were striking, Bowery designed clothing as an art form rather than as

Jul 13, 2004

Palm Pictures

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The Legend of Leigh Bowery replaces the man within the queer myth to the extent that when it's over, Bowery seems less a freakish terror than the shrewd art-world transgressive he was.

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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As tributes go, The Legend of Leigh Bowery is a saucy eye-opener.

November 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Without pushing too hard, the film makes a case for Bowery as a significant artistic catalyst blazing a glittery trail at the intersection of fashion, pop music and surrealist performance.

November 28, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Absorbing documentary.

November 28, 2003
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Atlas's remarkable moving-picture- book tribute to Bowery.

November 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Boy George seems to be the only person genuinely inspired today to pick up Bowery's fashion torch, but if is that something anybody wants?

July 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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A mesmerizing, beautifully made documentary.

December 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Put on your most frightening wig, and enjoy the show.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

You may find the film as outrageous as it is outlandish, and Bowery would have taken that as a compliment.

November 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

An interesting doc, if only because it serves to introduce the work of a gifted, unique artist to those of us who have found little good to say about the 1980s and the excesses they produced.

November 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

More hagiography than critique, smoothing out Bowery's rough edges to paint him as an irrepressibly charming svengali.

November 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

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