Beautiful People (1988) was one of the last films David Wojnarowicz made before his death. The film follows his 3 Teens Kill 4 bandmate, Jesse Hultberg, as he makes himself up in drag and ventures out onto the streets of New York and then beyond the city limits to a quiet lakeside. The nostalgic, accepting tones of the film honours this dual identity- Wojnarowicz saw “drag queens as true revolutionaries who fuck with visual codes of gender.” Here, the artist is using a symbol of dual identity to observe, discuss and redefine gender definitions and expectations.
Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority".
Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation.
Alison follows her friends to a summer camp for cheerleaders. But she is having bad nightmares. Her boyfriend has followed her to the camp but he seems to be more interested in the other girls, girls who sooner or later are found brutally murdered.