Paris Is Burning

critic Reviews

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  • Paris Is Burning dives into '80s transgender subculture, with the understated camera allowing this world to flourish and the people to speak (and dance) for themselves.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    The way that [director Jennie Livingstone] looks at the subculture and just lets them tell their own stories is just so wonderful.
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    André HerefordMetro Weekly (Washington, DC)
    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.
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    Jeff StricklerMinneapolis Star Tribune
    Truly remarkable.
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    Robin CliffordReeling Reviews
    For a little documentary, it has stayed with me for decades.
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    Ron WilkinsonIt's Just Movies
    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.
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    Laura CliffordReeling Reviews
    All these years later, 'Pose' fans will enjoy tracing its characters (not to mention plots) back to their inspirations...
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    Daniel BarnesDare Daniel
    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.
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    David BaxBattleship Pretension
    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.
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    Glenn Heath Jr.San Diego CityBeat
    At times intimate and raw, Paris is Burning tries to capture the powerful essence of walking the floor to thunderous cheers and sometimes boos.
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    Pat MullenPOV Magazine
    For anyone who's ever felt like an outsider, Paris is Burning is a reassuring reminder that someone somewhere totally gets you.
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