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Tally Brown, New York

Film still from TALLY BROWN, NEW YORK: Close-up of a dark-haired woman with dark eye make-up smoking a cigarette.
© Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek

Fri 23.09.
18:30

  • Director

    Rosa von Praunheim

  • FRG / 1979
    97 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Introduction: Rosa von Praunheim

In this documentary, Rosa von Praunheim takes the audience on a voyage into the New York underground scene of the 1970s, where singer Tally Brown was a star, interpreting songs by David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Kurt Weill with melancholy fervor. Her audiences and friends included icons of the transgender scene like Holly Woodlawn and Divine. The film uses both intimate close-ups of Brown, whose critics called her “fat and ugly,” and traveling shots through the New York dusk, with its porn shops, snack bars, businesspeople, and society’s marginalized. After its premiere in the city, the Village Voice called it one of the best documentaries ever made about New York.

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media
  • Logo des Programms NeuStart Kultur