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THE COCKETTES

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The Cockettes

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
100 minutes
Wide Release Date:
06/28/02
director:
Bill Weber, David Weissman
distributor:
Strand Releasing
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A-

A funny, triumphant, and moving documentary about the mad theatrical troupe of San Francisco upstarts who dared to be fab and gay and glam before even the late-’60s generation knew what to make of them. Bill Weber and David Weissman’s film, which weaves home-movie footage around witty interviews, unveils a community of wacked innocents who were the missing link between hippie and drag, between Andy Warhol’s super- stars and John Waters’ freaks. The Cockettes weren’t talented, exactly, yet their bedazzled flakiness takes you closer than most films to what was once meant by the term ”free-spirited.”

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