DIRECTOR: Lois Siegel
  PRODUCER: Lois Siegel Productions Inc.
SYNOPSIS: They’re Marilyn Monroe, Cher, Edith Piaf, Carol Channing and Liza Minnelli. Well not really. They’re female impersonators and in LIP GLOSS, Lois Siegel casts a wry camera on what’s behind the long legs, swivel hips, stuffed girdles and bouffant hairdos. Candy Stevens, from Fire Island, does a fire dance, and Shelley, who has had a surgery, swims in the neighborhood pool. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo features ballerinas with unshaven armpits and hairy legs. And Halloween night at the Bellevue Tavern is a pure trickery.
LIP GLOSS gives us Guilda, Black Emmanuelle, Bobette and Stella Spotlight. Armand Monroe, Marilyn’s alter ego, guides us through the Who’s Who in Montreal drag shows. LIP GLOSS examines the lives of transvestites, transsexuals, drag queens and female impersonators. It shops with them for lingerie and high heels, it brings the camera backstage to witness their metamorphosis from male to female, and it follows them to their “extra-curricular” activities and family life.
  1993 | 75 minutes | colour | 16 mm | feature film | English original version | French dubbed version. |  


“The gender-juggling, mind-spinning world of Montreal transvestism ... a photo album of people.”
-Maurie Alioff, CINE FESTIVAL
“Cuts through platitudes to the essentials ... an historical document.”
-Steve Kokker, HOUR (Cover Story)
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