A Wink and a Smile (2008)
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Critic Reviews for A Wink and a Smile
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.
A Wink and a Smile struck me as 90 minutes of narcissism with a hyper-feminist slant, and no erotic charge whatsoever.
Audience Reviews for A Wink and a Smile
Despite the fact that Miss Indigo Blue and the filmmakers philosophize way too much, their ivory-tower analysis doesn't kill the one thing that makes burlesque so great: it's goofy kitschiness.
An interesting documentary about 10 women who go through a 6 week course in burlesque, punctuated with details about the history of the dance, as well as info on the various different incarnations that have cropped up in recent years (boylesque, anyone?), but the ultimate revelation seems to be that the women who do this seem to have a lot of issues between them. As the women discuss their various baggage, one has to wonder if doing a little faux-strip is really the best way to come to terms with their issues, but whatever, I'm not a psychiatrist. Worth a look, give it a rental.
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