Superstar in a Housedress Superstar in a Housedress is a documentary that celebrates the Andy Warhol fame queen Jackie Curtis with a reverence that used to be reserved for… Superstar in a Housedress Superstar in a Housedress is a documentary that celebrates the Andy Warhol fame queen Jackie Curtis with a reverence that used to be reserved for… 2004-05-05 Unrated PT95M Documentary Abramorama
Movie Review

Superstar in a Housedress (2004)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Jackie Curtis, Superstar in a Housedress | KIND OF A DRAG Harris, part of Andy Warhol's circle, is the center of attention in ''Housedress''
KIND OF A DRAG Harris, part of Andy Warhol's circle, is the center of attention in ''Housedress''
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: May 05, 2004; Rated: Unrated; Length: 95 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Abramorama

Superstar in a Housedress is a documentary that celebrates the Andy Warhol fame queen Jackie Curtis with a reverence that used to be reserved for people like Elvis and Gandhi. Six foot two, with the body of a linebacker, Curtis was the first celebrity drag artist to make no real attempt to ''pass.'' In addition to his scraggly wig, he would wear a Halston dress that he insisted on ripping to semi-shreds and troweled-on makeup that gave him the look of an angry raccoon. His corrosive trash-talk hostility was original, all right, but a little of it went a long way. In ''Superstar in a Housedress,'' Curtis remains frozen in his flamboyance. The most resonant parts of the movie are, oddly, the interviews with his fellow glam bohemians (Penny Arcade, Holly Woodlawn), who now look almost touchingly conventional in their memento-stuffed apartments.

Originally posted May 12, 2004 Published in issue #766 May 21, 2004 Order article reprints
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