Behind The Burly Q Reviews

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October 22, 2010
Revealing doc tells all about the sassy gals of the vaudeville stage
August 19, 2010
Settles too easily for an editing formula which alternates talking heads, too cursory performance footage and montages of headlines and photographs.
August 6, 2010
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.
July 10, 2010
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 9, 2010
Behind the Burly Q is a mess, but an enjoyable one.
July 7, 2010
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
Informative and fannish burlesque doc is shapeless compared to its curvy subjects.
May 7, 2010
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 6, 2010
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.
April 27, 2010
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 25, 2010
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
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
From the beginning, the film displays a distinct lack of focus that only grows more pronounced as it moves along.
April 23, 2010
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
It's great that she immortalized these women, some for the final time. But this is history as nostalgia.
April 23, 2010
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
Leslie Zemeckis' insider look at burlesque's sisterhood of strippers is smart, sassy, charming and revealing!
Top Critic
April 23, 2010
It all makes for a graciously subdued trip down the burlesque runway...in a documentary that audiences will likely be expecting to concentrate more on other parts of the body.
April 23, 2010
Though the film is quickly paced, it never establishes a pattern other than that of a memory-spill about the comedy-musical-striptease shows that were big business in the Depression and the war years.
April 23, 2010
It is enjoyable -- brassy and loud and thoroughly unapologetic. A lot like its subjects, who managed to get through life with nothing more than a gimmick, a G-string and a smile.
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