Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

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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 salable fashion items -- creating costumes for theater pieces, performance art pieces, or his own appearances at clubs, Bowery used clothing to confront, confuse and challenge those around him, rather than to simply adorn the body. Bowery later expanded on his philosophy and approach with his own nightclub, Taboo, and a musical group, Minty. Bowery died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1994, but this documentary -- which features interviews with his friends, family and colleagues, including Boy George, who has since staged a musical based in part on Bowery's life -- examines his life and times, as well as the lasting impact of his work. The Legend of Leigh Bowery received its world premiere in the spring of 2002 at the It's All True Documentary Film Festival on Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Critic Reviews for Legend of Leigh Bowery

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As tributes go, The Legend of Leigh Bowery is a saucy eye-opener.

November 28, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
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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 | Rating: 3/5

Absorbing documentary.

November 28, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

Atlas's remarkable moving-picture- book tribute to Bowery.

November 25, 2003 | Full Review…

...a suitable tribute to Bowery, never shying away from the excessiveness and eccentricities that defined Bowery and his art and making a stand for why he was so important in the queer world.

March 4, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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