Glennda and Camille Do Downtown

Glenn Belverio

1993, 29:00 minutes, colour


Glennda and Camille Do Downtown (inspired by the porn classic Debbie Does Dallas) is a unique collaboration between Glennda Orgasm (the Drag Queen persona of Glenn Belverio) and feminist scholar Camille Paglia. The dynamic duo wreak intellectual havoc at such locations as Washington Square Park, Stonewall, Gay Pleasures bookstore and the notorious, decaying Hudson River sex pier leaving few sacred cows unbutchered in their path. Noteworthy highlights include: a screaming, unplanned confrontation with anti-porn feminists demonstrating at the corner of 8th street and 6th Avenue; Camille and Glennda (in a gold gown and blond Cleopatra wig) celebrating the aesthetic merits of gay male pornography; Camille, Pope-like, kneeling to kiss the sacred sidewalk in front of the old Stonewall Inn. The action is punctured by archival clips of drug-crazed hippies, self-flagellating monks and a radical feminist in a raw meat dress.

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