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.
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Critic Reviews for A Wink and a Smile

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

Elegantly shot...and nicely paced, A Wink and a Smile is most appealing in its depiction of the growing camaraderie of the students.

May 14, 2009
Seattle Times
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The movie is an excruciating documentary about ordinary women taking a burlesque class in Seattle.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
New York Post
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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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009
New York Times
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Skin-deep look at students in a Seattle school for stripping.

April 30, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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Highly entertaining docu A Wink and a Smile provides an eye-opening lesson in the theory and practice of stripping.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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A Wink and a Smile struck me as 90 minutes of narcissism with a hyper-feminist slant, and no erotic charge whatsoever.

April 29, 2009
New York Observer
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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.

Craig Burgess
Craig Burgess

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.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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