A Wink and a Smile (2008)
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Ten burlesque newcomers shed their inhibitions, emotional hang-ups, stereotypes, and, of course, clothing as they enter the Academy of Burlesque for a personal training session with famed Seattle dancer Miss Indigo Blue. By the time this lesson is over, these ladies will have gained the confidence to strut across the stage in true style, all the while knowing that every eye in the room is completely fixed on them. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
May 28, 2008 Wide
Nov 17, 2009
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The students, predominantly twentysomething, thinnish white chicks, don't add much to the conversation. Worse, Timmons shortchanges them by failing to show any of the graduating acts in their entirety.
Elegantly shot...and nicely paced, A Wink and a Smile is most appealing in its depiction of the growing camaraderie of the students.
The movie is an excruciating documentary about ordinary women taking a burlesque class in Seattle.
Just as burlesque loses most of its oomph when put on video -- no art is more dependent on the intimacy of live performance -- self-esteem trips are less compelling to hear about than to experience firsthand.
Skin-deep look at students in a Seattle school for stripping.
Highly entertaining docu A Wink and a Smile provides an eye-opening lesson in the theory and practice of stripping.
Deirdre Timmons' empowering "A Wink And A Smile" follows ten Seattle women -- a homemaker, doctor, singer, taxidermist, student and others -- as they venture forth to self discovery by learning striptease and integrating the spirit of burlesque into their
These would be fascinating people to interview, but unfortunately the focus instead is on the more mundane concerns of the students, whose graduating performances are puzzlingly shown only in glimpses.
The filmmaker's inability to master the form that the film is clearly set up to fulfill, leaves the audience feeling cheated out of a promised warts-and-all payoff.
What Wink and a Smile lacks in controversy and provocative material it makes up with pro-women themes and humanistic storytelling.
Timmons shortchanges them by failing to show any of the graduating acts in their entirety. Talk about a strip-tease.
In Deirdre Allen Timmons' A Wink and a Smile, she delves into the making of a sexy performer by infiltrating Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque in Seattle.
Hurray to these lovely ladies for summoning up the courage to serve up an evening's worth of genuinely erotic, yet somehow simultaneously wholesome, adult entertainment. But enough is enough. I just pray none of them are tempted to quit their day jobs."
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