The Queen (1968)

The Queen (1968)

The Queen (1968)

Documentary from 1968 that goes behind the curtain of a national drag queen contest in New York City. Captures the rehearsals, revelries and rivalries in the lead-up to the big contest.

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The Queen (1968) / Reviews

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

In between rehearsals, they discuss their lives, from facing the draft board, to their small hometowns, with a fascinating frankness.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Whether pushing the camera close to the performers or zooming in from afar to survey them intimately, Simon captures the lavish life of theatrical imagination that inspires them and makes gender itself seem like an urgent performance.

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