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Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen Documentary

Posted on: May 23, 2011

It’s been awhile since my last Starz documentary, and their 2008 documentary Ladies or Gentlemen didn’t disappoint.

Discussing the role of cross-dressing in film, this documentary was more than just random movie clips set to music. It included everything from Hollywood directors to academics discussing how cross-dressing in film challenged (and still challenges) the roles of gender in our culture, and how it forces audience members to confront ideas and issues surrounding their sexuality.

I hadn’t seen most of the films featured/discussed in this documentary, but I don’t feel as if I missed out on anything they were saying because of that. They did a great job of summarizing the films and the actors who played in them, and I feel as if I walked away with a firm understand of each film and its culture importance. If anything, this documentary made me want to go out and watch all of the films featured, as I now understand just how risky/groundbreaking many of them were.

However, the thing that I really loved  about this documentary was just how level-headed it was. I feel as if some documentaries will become so obsessed with spinning a certain viewpoint that they will forget to present their information in a logical, cohesive manner. Ladies or Gentlemen doesn’t fall into that trap and gives watchers a wealth of factual information presented in a thoroughly entertaining way.

I would highly recommend Ladies or Gentlemen to any documentary lover, but it’s an especially great watch for film buffs and those who are interested in gender issues/gender studies.

For those of you who have Netflix, here’s the link where you can watch it.

Have you watched Ladies or Gentlemen? If so, what did you think of it? Discussion is always appreciated!

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