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Name: KINO LORBER
Number: KINO24746BR

THE QUEEN (1968) (BLU-RAY)
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.

CAST: Jack Doroshow; Crystal LaBeija; Rachel Harlow; Andy Warhol

Blu-ray Extras Include:
• Audio commentary by artist and producer Zackary Drucker and journalist and author Diana Tourjée
• Outtake footage
• Theatrical trailers (original and re-release)
• Interview with producer Si Litvinoff, by Shade Rupe
• The Queen: After Party Outtakes, with Jack Doroshow, by Joe E. Jeffreys
• Flawless Sabrina: Icon/Muse, a short documentary by Michelle Handelman
• Irma Vep: The Last Breath, a short film by Michelle Handelman, featuring Flawless Sabrina
• Queens at Heart, a 1967 short documentary on drag culture
• Post-screening Q&A footage with Flawless Sabrina and Zackary Drucker
• Booklet essay by Joe E. Jeffreys

Running Time: 68 min
Optional English Subtitles: Yes
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Documentary, LGBTQ

  
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