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Behind The Burly Q

Behind The Burly Q (2010)



Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
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Although its origins derive from France, Great Britain and Greece, burlesque became a wildly popularAmerican form of art that thrived in the early to mid part of the 20th century. Because of the sexualinnuendo and the barely-there costumes it has largely been left out of the history books.In the 1840s burlesque was applied to a wide range of comedic plays that entertained the lower and middleclasses in Great Britain. Coming to America, burlesque evolved into shows performed by

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

Settles too easily for an editing formula which alternates talking heads, too cursory performance footage and montages of headlines and photographs.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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More than a dozen of the burlesque performers featured here have died since they were interviewed in 2006, making Zemeckis's slapdash survey definitive by default.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Too scattershot to present a truly coherent picture of the burlesque experience, docu nevertheless provides a privileged front-row seat to sample several of the form's most memorable practitioners.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Informative and fannish burlesque doc is shapeless compared to its curvy subjects.

July 7, 2010
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Many of the women who speak on camera, a number of whom have since died, were doing so for the first time, and their desire to set the record straight, or at least semistraight, is palpable.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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It's great that she immortalized these women, some for the final time. But this is history as nostalgia.

April 23, 2010
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Revealing doc tells all about the sassy gals of the vaudeville stage

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

This documentary from Leslie Zemeckis affectionately tells everything you ever wanted to know about the golden age of burlesque. The standout interviewee is Alan Alda.

July 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Behind the Burly Q is a mess, but an enjoyable one.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

At once amusing, raucous and poignant, Leslie Zemeckis' Behind the Burly Q is the most comprehensive documentary on burlesque ever made, smoothly incorporating rare vintage stills, interviews and footage.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

A fun and affectionate look at a lost American pastime that continues to fascinate generations. Exhaustive research and respect for the subject practically puts the viewer within reach of the twirling tassels.

April 27, 2010 Full Review Source:

Although the subject might seem to be purely about titillation, burlesque is shown to have been a financially winning and socially indispensable form of entertainment in the days before televisions came into every family's living room.

April 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

A fun-filled tribute which elevates the Golden Age of Burlesque to its rightful place in history while belatedly restoring a little dignity to its underappreciated, socially-ostracized performers.

April 25, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

From the beginning, the film displays a distinct lack of focus that only grows more pronounced as it moves along.

April 25, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

Once-over-lightly history, but a fabulous showcase for the colorful recollections of dozens of burlesque dancers, comedians, chorus girls, musicians and novelty performers.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

For the ex-burlesque dancers director Leslie Zemeckis interviews here, themes like iniquity and demoralization seem altogether too personal to dig through.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Leslie Zemeckis' insider look at burlesque's sisterhood of strippers is smart, sassy, charming and revealing!

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source:

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Really interesting and really funny! It's awesome to see all of the old footage and pictures and hear from the people who were part of it.
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