The Queen

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... Read more

The Queen

Directed by Frank Simon

Year: 1968
Running Time: 68
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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The Queen

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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.

Reviews

"[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

"Extraordinary."
– 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

 

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol Sebastopol 1568260800September 12, 2019
Austin Film Society Austin 1566878400August 27, 2019
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1565928000August 16 - August 21, 2019
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1564718400August 2 - August 8, 2019
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco 1564718400August 2 - August 8, 2019
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1564545600July 31, 2019
Bloor Cinema Toronto 1564286400July 28, 2019
Frida Cinema Santa Ana 1564113600July 26 - July 28, 2019
Denver Film Society Denver 1564113600July 26 - August 1, 2019
Hollywood Theatre Portland 1563422400July 18, 2019
Grand Cinema Tacoma Tacoma 1563336000July 17, 2019
Alamo Drafthouse Park North San Antonio 1562644800July 9, 2019
IFC Center New York 1561694400June 28 - July 4, 2019


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