Venus Boyz (2003)



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A film about people who create intermediate sexual identities. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men--some for a night, others for their whole lives. What motivates them. What changes take place? What do they dream of? The drag kings of New York meet in clubs and change lustfully into their male alter egos, parodying them and exploring male eroticism and power strategies. In London, we see women experiment with hormones to become new men and "cyborgs." Their transformation into masculinity is shown as both as a performance, and as a subversive means in creating an existential necessity.
Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Venus Boyz

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Full Review… | March 30, 2009
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Although Ms. Baur's meandering style betrays her inexperience as a documentary filmmaker, she nonetheless treats her subjects with compassion and dignity and avoids exploiting or vilifying her subjects.

Full Review… | January 8, 2004
Dallas Morning News
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Unfortunately, Baur doesn't seem to have either a thesis or an editor as she lets each segment meander without purpose.

November 6, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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November 6, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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It's not uninteresting, but so much footage is given over to earnest discussion of sexual politics that the overall effect is like sitting through a semester's worth of transgender studies.

August 21, 2003
New York Post
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[Baur] has clearly earned the trust and respect of her subjects, the first qualification for any responsible documentarist, and they have repaid her with an intimate glimpse into their singular lives.

August 21, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Venus Boyz


great docu about drag-kings. yes, girls who perform shows dressed as men. most are very convincing even tho they are also beautiful women in daily life.

laurie e
laurie e

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