Paris Is Burning Reviews

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August 2, 2019
Truly remarkable.
March 31, 2016
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.
September 7, 2011
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August 5, 2019
Paris Is Burning preserves in cinematic amber a pre-'90s, pre-Giuliani New York City that looks and feels more hard and hostile, and yet seems more innocent.
July 25, 2019
For a little documentary, it has stayed with me for decades.
July 19, 2019
Even better for last year's book release, if you did not get a chance to see this movie thirty years ago, do not miss it now.
July 18, 2019
All these years later, 'Pose' fans will enjoy tracing its characters (not to mention plots) back to their inspirations...
July 5, 2019
More than anything, Paris is Burning is a thoroughly entertaining performance film. Beneath the theatrical trappings, though, sits layer after layer of poverty and abuse. Livingston manages to navigate those dueling moods of celebration and depression.
July 3, 2019
Paris Is Burning is a masterpiece that works as well as it does because its point of view is not that of someone instructing the audience like a tenured professor.
June 26, 2019
At times intimate and raw, Paris is Burning tries to capture the powerful essence of walking the floor to thunderous cheers and sometimes boos.
June 18, 2019
For anyone who's ever felt like an outsider, Paris is Burning is a reassuring reminder that someone somewhere totally gets you.
June 13, 2019
Jennie Livingston's doc, shot over seven years is nostalgic now but just as powerful.
May 4, 2018
A film about resistance, passion and the determined reclamation of cultural space, Paris Is Burning has been tremendously influential, and is essential viewing for any student of the issues it concerns or of the documentary form.
March 4, 2017
Livingston's film is a poignant look at black and Latinx gay and transgender communities, dissecting race and class, gender and sexuality.
September 30, 2016
The directness and honesty of moment after moment strike back at peppily 'cheerful' white America's model-world. Blazes forth the importance, for a marginalized community, of adopting a fervid, fiery attitude all its own.
July 10, 2009
Livingston is smart enough to realize that her subjects are best equipped to explain themselves.
January 4, 2007
October 6, 2006
This landmark docu celebrates the resourcefulness of a group that's subcultural but not truly countercultural--its denizens long to become members of the society they imitate, operating at its periphery.
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