Receiving a standing ovation when it opened Premiere!, MoMA’s annual festival of new films from Brazil, Dzi Croquettes documents the all-male, drag-based theater troupe that thrived in the 1970s, at the height of an oppressive dictatorship. The 13 men who lived and loved together come across as beautiful, talented artists years ahead of their time, helping catalyze the country’s gay rights movement. The dance numbers, too, are jaw-dropping, a mix of Fosse, Rio Carnival, and high drag set to the likes of James Brown and Richard Strauss.
If you missed the premiere of this exuberant little film, it’s screening again on Wednesday, July 21, 8 pm. If nothing else, go for the interviews with the adorable Liza Minnelli. She’s a friend of the boys (only five of whom survive) and helped them conquer Paris by insisting they perform at her birthday party. On the guest list: Catherine Deneuve, Omar Sharif and Marisa Berenson. Hot!