Directed by Frank Simon
More than 40 years before RuPaul's Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag. The film takes us backstage to kiki with the contestants as they rehearse, throw shade, and transform into their drag personas in the lead-up to the big event. Organized by LGBTQ icon and activist Flawless Sabrina, the competition boasted a star-studded panel of judges including Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Terry Southern.. But perhaps most memorable is an epic diatribe calling out the pageant's bias delivered by Crystal LaBeija, who would go on to form the influential House of LaBeija, heavily featured in Paris Is Burning (1990). A vibrant piece of queer history, The Queen can now be seen in full resplendence thanks to a new restoration from the original camera negative.
"[A] riveting chronicle of a 1967 drag competition."
- Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice
"The mother of all drag documentaries."
- Mekado Murphy, The New York Times
"A gutsy, funny... really very moving documentary.”
– Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
“Makes gender itself seem like an urgent performance.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker
– Renata Adler, The New York Times
"A beautiful film; its subject matter is treated with such sensibility, taste and compassion that what might have been a grindhouse movie emerges as an impressive human document."
– Judith Crist, New York Magazine
Interested in bringing The Queen to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
The Queen may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
|Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol||Sebastopol||CA||1568260800September 12, 2019|
|Austin Film Society||Austin||TX||1566878400August 27, 2019|
|Northwest Film Forum||Seattle||WA||1565928000August 16 - August 21, 2019|
|Landmark Shattuck Cinemas||Berkeley||CA||1564718400August 2 - August 8, 2019|
|Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema||San Francisco||CA||1564718400August 2 - August 8, 2019|
|Belcourt Theatre||Nashville||TN||1564545600July 31, 2019|
|Bloor Cinema||Toronto||ON||1564286400July 28, 2019|
|Frida Cinema||Santa Ana||CA||1564113600July 26 - July 28, 2019|
|Denver Film Society||Denver||CO||1564113600July 26 - August 1, 2019|
|Hollywood Theatre||Portland||OR||1563422400July 18, 2019|
|Grand Cinema Tacoma||Tacoma||WA||1563336000July 17, 2019|
|Alamo Drafthouse Park North||San Antonio||TX||1562644800July 9, 2019|
|IFC Center||New York||NY||1561694400June 28 - July 4, 2019|
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