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The Queen

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Genres: Documentary
Starring: Jack Doroshow, Crystal LaBeija, Rachel Harlow
Director: Frank Simon
Plot Synopsis:

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 for the big event. Organized by pioneering LGBTQ+ icon and activist Jack Doroshow (better known by his stage persona Flawless Sabrina), the competition boasted a star-studded panel of judges including Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Terry Southern. But perhaps the most memorable moment occurs after the crowning ceremony: an epic diatribe by Crystal LaBeija, who would go on to form the influential House of LaBeija, prominently 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 negatives.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: June 2nd, 2020
    MPAA Rating: Unrated
    Movie Release Year: 1968
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Kino Lorber
  • Technical Specs
    Length:66 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:English: DTS-HD MA 2.0
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH
    Special Features:
    • 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
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