Paris Is Burning

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    Apr 18, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    So I'd heard about this film for years but never got round to watching it.

    After listening to a track from Azealia Banks which samples some of the lines from the doc I tracked it down on Youtube.

    My god, how have I lived all these years without seeing it ??!! It's the most entertaining and educational thing I've seen in ages (regarding gay culture). Absolutely hilarious in places and also tragic in others.

    So what are your thoughts on this documentary ?

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    Apr 18, 2013 9:45 PM GMT

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    Apr 19, 2013 3:25 PM GMT
    ^

    That's why I enjoyed the docu so much. The attitude and smarts of some of these queens is amazing. Also as a Madonna fan I finally found out where Madge got those Vogue moves from.

  • MikeHunt

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    Apr 19, 2013 3:49 PM GMT

    I'm surprised how most of my friends who haven't seen this film. I guess the same goes for RJ too. It's been around for over 20 yrs. now.
    What gives RJ?
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    Apr 19, 2013 4:28 PM GMT
    It was a very different time.

    I went to a private screening when it opened.

    We assumed it was some sort of fashion thing.

    I went with a model agent.

    She almost choked when Her boss showed up half-way thru the film.

    The West Side Highway and all of the area is now a VERY different place.

    Glass towers designed by Richard Meier dominate the view.

    Sneakers is long gone. As is Badlands, The Anvil, The Spike.....

    Clavin Klien and Nicole Kidman spent upwards of 30 million dollars to buy glass boxes that look out on the river.

    When Dorian Corey died, they found a mummified corpse in her closet.

    The kids You see hanging along the piers have LONG disappeared.

    No one really knows what happend to them.

    It is an important film to watch.

    It is not relevant to most guys today.

    BUT - it is documentation of a nanosecond in time that resulted in our having the ability to go on RJ and interact. They took risks that seem unfathomable now.

    They may seem cartoonish by today's standards - but they opened doors that were considered locked.

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    Apr 19, 2013 4:34 PM GMT
    Cash said
    She almost choked when Her boss showed up half-way thru the film.



    Was this the woman who came out with that fabulous line ?

    Something like

    "When people ask how you feel don't tell them your sick because they don't really care " icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 19, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    Awesome documentary, loved it. Was very tragic at times but also very uplifting at others
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    Apr 19, 2013 4:52 PM GMT
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    Cash said
    She almost choked when Her boss showed up half-way thru the film.



    Was this the woman who came out with that fabulous line ?

    Something like

    "When people ask how you feel don't tell them your sick because they don't really care " icon_lol.gif


    ok.

    there was one night walking into Private Eyes that a friend coughed because he had pizza with red pepper flakes on it.

    Three (3) "guys"I was with wouldn't hang out with Him because they were afraid it would make us look "sick."

    THAT was the era.
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    Apr 19, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
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    Isn't this the one that killed a guy and kept his body in a trunk in her closet for, like, a hundred years?

    http://dangerousminds.net/comments/dorian_corey_the_drag_queen_had_a_mummy_in_her_closet
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    Apr 19, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    I remember when Paris Is Burning came out. Lots of buzz around it, especially in the black gay community around disenfranchisement. Madonna has been given credit for bring the central dance piece, Voguing, to the national level back in the day.

    If people like Paris Is Burning, I think they will also like Leave It On The Floor. My old roommate discovered it last year and we watched. I showed it to my best friend and he loved it. Here is the ending credit song.

    http://youtu.be/DvOj3JiqbYE


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    Apr 19, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete said
    __________ said


    Isn't this the one that killed a guy and kept his body in a trunk in her closet for, like, a hundred years?

    http://dangerousminds.net/comments/dorian_corey_the_drag_queen_had_a_mummy_in_her_closet


    Dorian Corey.

    There were old fashioned pull tabs from canned soda in the trunk so they knew it happened in the '70s.