Director: Frank Simon Run Time: 68 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1968
The Queer Film Guide’s Kyle Turner in Attendance!
The delightful irony of Frank Simon’s documentary about the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Contest held at New York’s Town Hall is that it morphs into the thing that it is ostensibly about: transformation and history… THE QUEEN vacillates through and between different forms: quick tour guide of the contest, fly-on-the-wall film about the lives of queer people in the 1960s and their relationships to gender, a vérité documentary process of preparing for the event, backstage drama, and proto-reality contest spectacle.
Double Feature with PARIS IS BURNING