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Split - William to Chrysis. Portrait of a Drag Queen

Runtime:
58.0 min.
Year of Production:
1992
Country:
USA
Director:
Production Company:
Fisher-Turk
Berlinale Section:
Panorama

A cinematic tribute to transgender celebrity International Chrysis (1951-1990). Rejected by his parents, this effeminate Bronx boy was desperate to be more than just William, and so he created Chrysis. With bright red hair, a voluptuous bosom and disarming smile, she made a living as a sex worker and began conquering the stages of ever larger Manhattan nightclubs. She won Andy Warhol’s affection, became Salvador Dalí’s muse and matured into an international underground star of the 1980s with her charismatic performances. Consciously combining femininity and masculinity, Chrysis was a gay man who constantly redesigned himself as a woman, inspired by icons like Rita Hayworth and Mae West, but also by her own surreal fantasies. Driven by a formidable determination, she lived a life of extremes motivated by the constant search for perfect harmony. Archive footage of her performances, including her Berlin show with the legendary Hot Peaches, as well as interviews with fellow travellers who share their memories of her, reveal a multi-faceted personality who saw her identity as a perpetual cross-over. Chrysis died at the age of 39 as a result of the many medical interventions on her body.

FILMOGRAFIE Ellen Fisher-Turk (selection)

1992 Split - William to Chrysis. Portrait of a Drag Queen 

FILMOGRAFIE Andrew Weeks (selection)

1992 Split - William to Chrysis. Portrait of a Drag Queen 

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