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  • 3.7
SPLIT is a documentary portrait of International Chrysis, a New York "show girl" and drag queen. Surreal herself, Chrysis was one of Salvador Dali's inner circle, a woman from the waist up, a man from the waist down. The movie penetrates Chrysis' hidden world of transsexual and drag queens, hormones, drugs and prostitution, a dark world she lights up with humor, wit and glamour. Through cross cutting, the documentary reveals the illusion and reality of International Chrysis. She's a burlesque queen who spouts philosophy and performs in a style between vaudeville and Dietrich. Chrysis was a gay man who recreated himself as a Rita Hayworth, Mae West, Barbie doll amalgam. She sang, danced and stripped her way from seedy clubs to glamorous night spots, popped out of cakes toured Europe, and starred on Broadway and in films. The documentary portrays Chrysis' life with the same wit and irreverence she lived it, allowing us to see through the veneer to the pain beneath. Chrysis lived thirty-nine years and died of cancer caused by seepage from the wax and silicon breast implants, a victim of her own creation.

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amazing story of my drag mother . i cried!! i miss her so much . a must see

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amazing story of my drag mother . i cried!! i miss her so much . a must see

3 members like this review
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A beautiful person, despite the misguided description of her as a woman from the waist up and a man from the waist down. Chrysis performs herself admirably, enviably.

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Very well done, however I have see so MANY transexual docs lately that I wasn't mesmorized by this film.

I was good, entertaining just that


I found this film moving and so interesting. I'll definitely watch it again.

Honest look at a talented person struggling with a difficult life. Not a "refined" product. Not a refined product and no judgements.

Really enjoyed the documentary. What a beautiful person and interesting character!

The movie was constantly interrupted with breaking sound

Needs another 1/2. Very good

Very well done - this shows some of the reasons we all love NYC

A very beautiful sexy person! I wish I could have spent a moment in her life! I am the "B" in "LGBT" ! I don't discriminate . . . only to filth!

Good Hygiene goes a long way, in other words! I am very attracted to pre-opt's trannies! Yes, variety in life works in almost everything!