Julie Newmar is currently streaming on Netflix. I wanted to rewatch it and study how production designer Wynn Thomas created the world for the film about three New York City drag queens who go on a road trip to a national drag beauty pageant and wind up stranded in a small, desolate town. Since his work on Do The Right Thing was so obvious, I wanted to study how he blends costume design, set design, interior design, and cinematography for these characters to embody the space.
Watch the clip here. Before Dirty Dancing he was just some craggy faced guy from Texas who looked a little like a young Jack Palance. Watch a clip here.
When director Beeban Kidron thinks back on her film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, the first thing that comes to mind is her memory of wolf-whistling at Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes as they walked down a Nebraska road, dressed in skirts and high heels. At a time when the AIDS crisis still loomed large and homophobia was the cultural default, a heartwarming, Steven Spielberg-produced comedy about gay drag queens opened as the No. The title comes from the inscription on a photograph they steal from a Chinese restaurant and carry for good luck.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Its title refers to an iconic autographed photo of actress Julie Newmar that they carry with them on their journey. Newmar additionally appears in the film as herself. To do this, they trade in their airplane tickets for cash and buy a stylish but old Cadillac convertible with money given to them by John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt Robin Williams.
Is your tongue not silenced by your outfit? Anything else is just a boy in a dress. The actor Wesley Snipes is well known for his macho roles in such movies as Passenger 57and he is widely regarded as a muscular action hero, every inch the weapon-toting super-male.
All rights reserved. Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from our online archives.
Sign in. Noxeema Jackson : When a straight man puts on a dress and gets his sexual kicks, he is a transvestite. When a man is a woman trapped in a man's body and has a little operation he is a Transsexual.
Before starting a film, Patrick Swayze likes to perform a little ritual. He makes his fellow cast and crew members hold an emerald-and- crystal-encrusted sceptre he found in India. As he places it in each person's hand, he intones, "This is to bless the production and create an atmosphere devoid of mutual ego.
If this sounds familiar at all, that's because The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was released in the previous year, with a similar premise and equally-unwieldy name. That is, we never see the men out of drag even though they're not Transgender female pronouns are used for the sake of convenienceand the people they encounter don't know they're men at first. On their way backstage, they run into competitor Chi-Chi Rodriguez John Leguizamodistraught that she lost.