Tally Brown, New York

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Tally Brown, New York
Tally Brown, New York film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim
Produced by Rosa von Praunheim
Joachim von Mengershausen
Starring Tally Brown
Holly Woodlawn
Taylor Mead
Edward Caton
Music by Tally Brown
Holly Woodlawn
Cinematography Edvard Lieber
Michael Oblowitz
Rosa von Praunheim
Juliana Wang
Lloyd Williams
Edited by

Mike Shephard
Rosa von Praunheim,

Rosa von Praunheim
Release date
4 May 1979
Running time
97 minutes
Country U.S
Language English

Tally Brown, New York is a 1979 documentary film directed, written and produced by Rosa von Praunheim. The film is about the singing and acting career of Tally Brown, a classically trained opera and blues singer who was a star of underground films in New York City and a denizen of its underworld in the late 1960s.

In this documentary, Praunheim relies on extensive interviews with Brown, as she recounts her collaboration with Andy Warhol, Taylor Mead and others, as well as her friendships with Holly Woodlawn, and Divine. Brown opens the film with a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" and concludes with "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide." The film captures not only Tally Brown’s career but also a particular New York milieu in the 1970s.[1]

In the same year of its release, the documentary won the Film Award in Silver at the German Film Awards for Outstanding Non-Feature Film. [2]

The documentary is also noteworthy for being the first of Von Praunheim's many portraits of women, usually aging legendary performers, who have become cult figures among the LGBT community.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Anderson, Melissa (June 3, 2009). "The Films of Rosa von Praunheim at Anthology". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Outstanding Non-Feature Film". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 


  • Murray, Raymond. Images in the Dark: An Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Guide. TLA Publications, 1994, ISBN 1880707012