"Paris is Burning" and "Rize" Comparison Essay by Nicky

"Paris is Burning" and "Rize"
A comparative analysis of the films, "Paris is Burning," directed by Jennie Livingston and "Rize," directed by David LaChapelle.
# 151570 | 1,350 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 26, 2012 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Dance (General)

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The paper discusses how both of the subcultures presented in these documentaries are outside of the mainstream and the "normal" world and both films show the importance of dance in these communities. The paper highlights how they share poverty, misunderstanding, prejudice and disadvantage, yet, they make their lives more enjoyable and bearable though their enjoyment of alternative forms of dance.

From the Paper:

"Both of these groups suffer from poverty, but they suffer from prejudice, too. In South Central, the dance movement grew up after the 1992 Rodney King verdict and the riots it produced, as a form of protest about prejudice and racial injustice. The ball-walkers suffer from prejudice and misunderstanding because of their sexuality. In both cases, the groups use dancing as a method to entertain and enjoy each other's talents, but they use it as a way to cope with the injustices of the world, and forget about them while they are dancing. Dance gives their lives meaning and gives both groups hope. That shows in the sheer abandon of both dance styles, and how the people throw themselves into the dance with everything they have.
"Both of these films show the competitions involved with these two dance groups, too. The competitions make the dance more important somehow, and more memorable. It is not just about the dance, it is about being the best at what you do, and that may be a new experience for both of these groups, who have faced degradation and failure in the past. "Rize" shows that the dancers can rise above their circumstances and do something great, and "Paris is Burning" shows that a group that is ostracized by much of society can come together, form a strong bond, and accept each other for what they are."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Paris is Burning. Dir. Jennie Livingston. Perf. Carmen and Brooke, Andre Christian, Dorian Corey. Miramax Films, 1991.
  • Rize. Dir. David LaChapelle. Perf. Lil' C, Tommy the Clown, Miss Prissy. Lion Gate Films, 2005.

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