Episode 7: Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning (1990)

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In this episode, I discuss the 1990 classic documentary ‘Paris is Burning,’ which documented the drag balls in New York City during the 1980s. I talk about critiques of the film and why the film matters.

Full show notes:

  • Read bell hooks’s criticism of the film
  • Interesting tidbit: After Dorian Corey‘s death in 1993, the dead body of a man was found in her closet. It’s believed the body had been dead for at least 15 years. Authorities suspect the man was an acquaintance of Corey’s and that Corey killed him by accident or in self-defense.


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