Pageant (2008)Closed Captioning
Ron Davis & Stewart Halpern
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PAGEANT takes you behind the scenes as 52 ordinary gentlemen go to extraordinary lengths in order to be crowned the 34th Miss Gay America®. This contest is about the art of illusion, so hormones and surgical body enhancements are forbidden. The movie follows 5 of the most talented and beautiful female impersonators as they prepare to dominate in this underground competition. Hear from the men as well as from those in their entourage: husbands, mothers, sons, and little brothers. PAGEANT features stunning musical numbers, while diving into the heart and soul of this make-believe world: the men behind the make up. Everybody has a dream: these men are making theirs a reality.
Fancinated by the transformation of men into pageant contestants, I viewed this documentary on a whim. It was edited in a standard format, following a handful of contestants through the pageant process and ending with an interesting surprise winner. I liked the follow up comments during the credits, because the edititng format does allow you to become somewhat attached to the chosen few that were followed. I would recommend this documentary, it reveals a section of life that isn't as foriegn as one might expect.
This is an awesome documentary! Whether you are someone who is well versed in the language of drag or just curious about the world of drag pageants this docs for you!! It not only follows 5 contestants in their quest for the MGA title but you actually get to know them, in drag and out. There wasn't one minute while watching this documentary when I regretted renting/buying it.