Superstar in a Housedress (2004)

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This warm documentary from Craig Highberger studies the life of transvestite legend and Andy Warhol prodigy Jackie Curtis. The son of a dancer and a marine, Curtis grew up in New York above his grandmother's saloon and in time became a poet, playwright and a director. He continuously tested boundaries and made transvestites all over feel at ease about who they were. Look for cameos from Lily Tomlin, Harvey Fierstein, Paul Morrissey and more.

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Critic Reviews for Superstar in a Housedress

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It's an engrossing peek at an era that now seems as meteoric, crazy and distant as the Roaring Twenties.

Jan 20, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

The film is full of flamboyant personalities, and they all contribute to the impression that Highberger above all wants to pay tribute to Curtis' brave determination to discover and express his ever-changing identity at all costs.

Aug 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Slow-starting but ultimately invigorating.

Aug 19, 2004 | Full Review…

Fascinating.

Aug 6, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An affectionate biographical documentary.

Jul 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Highberger's movie is as much a reclamation of cultural territory as it is a bio-pic.

May 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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