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The Queen (1968)

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Decades before Paris Is Burning and Rupaul's Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant introduced competitive drag to the world, along with LGBT icon and activist Flawless Sabrina. Watch for Andy Warhol one of the pageant's judge.

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It's the spark of a true legend.

March 3, 2020 | Full Review…

The gender identity and racial undercurrents of "The Queen" have a prescient quality, foreshadowing some of the tensions that the LGBTQ community is dealing with today.

July 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Whether pushing the camera close to the performers or zooming in from afar to survey them intimately, Simon captures the lavish life of theatrical imagination that inspires them and makes gender itself seem like an urgent performance.

January 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The Queen is an extraordinary documentary.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

A gutsy, funny, pathetic, really very moving documentary about the 1967 All-America Camp Beauty Pageant.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

More interesting in some ways for its period flavor -- as a zoom-happy, all-over-the-place 60s document -- than for its depiction of the drag event, though both aspects have some value.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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