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Paris Is Burning (1990), directed by Jennie Livingston (VIDEO)

Watch the trailer for Paris Is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston; No. 67 on our list of the 100 best New York movies.

New York movies: Paris is Burning (1990)

“Looking head to toe, would you know?” Drag queens in Harlem and the Bronx form gay street gangs (and surrogate families) on the ball circuit, where outsize personalities like Venus Xtravaganza compete based on the “realness” of their mock-straight sartorial splendor. Jennie Livingston’s essential gender-reinvention documentary brilliantly extols the city’s outcast resilience.—Stephen Garrett

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