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August 4, 1991 | PATRICK PACHECO, Patrick Pacheco writes on the arts for the New York Times, Vanity Fair and other publications
In a recent interview, Madonna said that her friend Michael Jackson was in need of an image makeover and she had the perfect inspiration for him: the Harlem transvestite scene. After a couple of weeks of hanging around it, she suggested, he'd be a new man. She should know. A couple of years ago, Madonna popularized "voguing," a dance style that had originated in Harlem at drag-ball competitions in which blacks and Latinos mimicked the preening of high-fashion models and movie legends.
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February 2, 1992
In their long article, "It Was a Very Good Year-- Not! " (Jan. 12) Pat McGilligan and Mark Rowland begin their one paragraph about documentaries with: "As bad a year as it was for major studio movies, it was even worse for documentaries." They follow this grim introduction with a quote from David Crumpler of the Florida Times Union, who said, "I'm not even sure I've seen a documentary this year." Presumably, the purpose of McGilligan and Rowland's article is to sum up what a panel of critics from all over the country thought about last year's movies.
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February 2, 1992
In their long article, "It Was a Very Good Year-- Not! " (Jan. 12) Pat McGilligan and Mark Rowland begin their one paragraph about documentaries with: "As bad a year as it was for major studio movies, it was even worse for documentaries." They follow this grim introduction with a quote from David Crumpler of the Florida Times Union, who said, "I'm not even sure I've seen a documentary this year." Presumably, the purpose of McGilligan and Rowland's article is to sum up what a panel of critics from all over the country thought about last year's movies.
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August 9, 1991 | KEVIN ALLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Violence marred Wednesday night's premiere benefit of "Paris Is Burning," Jennie Livingston's documentary about the "drag balls" in Manhattan's disenfranchised black and Latino gay communities. The evening, which began with a screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, was a benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles.
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August 9, 1991 | KEVIN ALLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Violence marred Wednesday night's premiere benefit of "Paris Is Burning," Jennie Livingston's documentary about the "drag balls" in Manhattan's disenfranchised black and Latino gay communities. The evening, which began with a screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, was a benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles.
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August 5, 1991 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Voguish: Madonna will strike a pose for AIDS Project Los Angeles when she attends Wednesday's premiere/benefit for the documentary "Paris Is Burning" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. The film looks at voguing and the Harlem drag balls where the dance was born--the inspiration for Madonna's hit song, "Vogue." A party at Catch One will follow the 8 p.m. screening; people in full drag will be admitted free.
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May 1, 1992 | BOB ELSTON
UC Irvine will have its first public gay and lesbian film festival throughout May to screen a series of films designed for "educating and enlightening" viewers to the homosexual and bisexual community, organizers said.
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August 16, 1991 | BETTY GOODWIN
THE MOVIE: "Paris Is Burning." THE SETUP: This documentary tracks transvestites and transsexuals (pictured) at several voguing balls, where they dress in their fantasy of choice. THE LOOK: Unlimited variations on "drag." As filmmaker Jennie Livingston reveals, at drag balls men don't dress only to vamp as women. Their goal is to pass for a real version of whatever character they are imitating, be it military man, schoolboy, high-fashion woman or corporate CEO.
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September 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Dancer Willi Ninja, a star of the documentary "Paris Is Burning" who was considered the godfather of the dance art form "voguing" and inspired Madonna's "Vogue" music video, has died, friends and relatives said. He was 45. Ninja died Saturday of AIDS-related illnesses at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, they said. Madonna, speaking through a spokeswoman this week, said she was sorry to hear of Ninja's death.
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August 4, 1991 | PATRICK PACHECO, Patrick Pacheco writes on the arts for the New York Times, Vanity Fair and other publications
In a recent interview, Madonna said that her friend Michael Jackson was in need of an image makeover and she had the perfect inspiration for him: the Harlem transvestite scene. After a couple of weeks of hanging around it, she suggested, he'd be a new man. She should know. A couple of years ago, Madonna popularized "voguing," a dance style that had originated in Harlem at drag-ball competitions in which blacks and Latinos mimicked the preening of high-fashion models and movie legends.
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August 12, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The title "Paris Is Burning" has a misleading ring. A friend wasn't interested when it came to American theaters last year; she guessed it was a war movie, or maybe a love story big on melodrama and overacting. Actually, Jennie Livingston's documentary, first presented on the BBC in 1988, does have something to do with making war--and love, melodrama and overacting, too. But the only connection to Paris is the haute couture it evokes in the most unusual of ways.
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August 9, 1991 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
A most unlikely ghost haunts "Paris Is Burning," the absorbing, seductive new documentary that focuses on Harlem's drag-ball scene. It is Marlon Brando as "On the Waterfront's" Terry Malloy, anguish incarnate in the back seat of a car as he tells his brother, "I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody."
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