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Info: THE QUEEN

THE QUEEN (NR)
1 hrs, 28 mins
RELEASE:
06/17/1968
CAST:
Larry Rivers, Mario Montez, Harlow, Flawless Sabrina, Jerry Leiber, Jill Krementz, Edie Sedgwick, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol, Bruce Jay Friedman, Crystal LaBeija, George Plimpton
DIRECTOR:
Frank Simon

TICKETS / San Francisco East Bay / Shattuck Cinemas

Coming Soon

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. A vibrant piece of queer history, The Queen can now be seen in full resplendence thanks to a new 4K digital restoration from the original camera negative. Shown with the restored short, “Queens at Heart.”

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