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Paris Is Burning

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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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    Jeff StricklerMinneapolis Star Tribune
    Truly remarkable.
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    Jonathan RosenbaumChicago Reader
    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.
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    Owen GleibermanEntertainment Weekly
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    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times
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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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    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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