Death Becomes Her

Monday, June 24, 2019

Presented by Raja Feather Kelly!

Some people will go to any length to be young forever. Hollywood socialites Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) and Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) are lifelong rivals, competing for men, fame, and beauty. When Helen appears to have the final upper hand, Madeline will stop at nothing to change that – paying the ultimate price to do so. This wickedly funny cult classic has had an immense impact on tonight’s presenter, choreographer Raja Feather Kelly, who says, “These inexorable women, in this movie and in real life, are vessels of expression, humility, caricature, and something akin to the surreal. As a queer boy living in Barbie world, DEATH BECOMES HER is what I wear to work.”

Raja Feather Kelly on DEATH BECOMES HER:

“DEATH BECOMES HER is my day drag (along with SELENA, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, and WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT). Before I became obsessed with men, muscles, and meat and magick, I spent nearly my entire childhood learning and quoting the campy Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent this movie harnesses. These inexorable women are vessels of expression, humility, caricature and something akin to the surreal. As a queer boy living in Barbie world, “DEATH BECOMES HER” is what I wear to work.

Screening as part of the Summer 2019 season of Queer|Art|Film.

  • Country USA
  • Year 1992
  • Running Time 104 minutes
  • Distributor Universal
  • Director Robert Zemeckis
  • Writer Martin Donovan, David Koepp
  • Editor Arthur Schmidt
  • Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • Cast Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini, Ian Ogilvy

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