THE QUEEN – Review by Leslie Combemale

Before queer was cool, or even fully legal, director Frank Simon created The Queen, chronicling one of the original and quintessential competitive drag events in history, the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant. Featuring iconic queen Flawless Sabrina as narrator, and a jaw-dropping bitch-fest scene courtesy of Crystal LaBeija, who was later indelibly captured in 1990’s Paris is Burning, this film is a priceless cinematic artifact of LGBTQ and film history.