No one can twirl an umbrella like Alice Zorn can twirl an umbrella
The Point is a neighbourhood of contrasts and history, where street names sound like they belong in Liverpool and kids run around speaking a French that wouldn’t be out of place in Les Plouffe circa 1953. I myself lived there for 5 years in the early 90s and discovered that even when everyone and their brother won’t talk to you, the kids always will. Elise Moser and I headed down there to meet Hamilton native Montreal convert Alice Zorn.
Paris is Burning, Queer Film Classics. Screening at Concordia, Dec 9
Novelist Will Aitken, my fellow Queer Film Classics book series author (Death in Venice, on Visconti’s adaptation of the Mann novella), offered his own beautifully intimate account of his process on this very site. Aitken wrestled with the problem of writing non-fiction and the strange durational qualities of basing remarks in fact, as well as his initial skepticism about revisiting a film that he had initially disliked and then mostly forgotten. My own process of writing on Paris Is Burning was precisely the opposite.