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Wigstock: The Movie

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Wigstock: The Movie

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
RuPaul, Joey Arias, Deee-lite
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B

Lizzy Gardiner got oodles of credit for creating a few frocks for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, but really, dears, the drag-loving participants in the annual New York City event known as Wigstock have been looking fabulous (in a fake-hair-piled-up-to-there and eyelashes-the-length-of-matchsticks way) for over a decade now. Using performance footage from 1993 and interviews through 1994, director Barry Shils appropriates the Woodstock format — the prep, the performances, the crowds, the music — to make Wigstock: The Movie. It is a sweet, home-made-looking, celebratory movie that says, essentially: Dress up, doll-face, you’ll feel better. No political message intended. The performers appear to be well-adjusted guys who are happy to chat about what dressing up like women means to them while applying eyebrow pencil with tender concentration. Star talent includes Lypsinka, Joey Arias (who does an awesome Billie Holiday), The ”Lady” Bunny (who’s also the organizer of the extravaganza), Deee-lite, and — who else? — RuPaul. B