A Wink and a Smile
Deirdre Allen Timmons & Jack Timmons
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Ten Women. One Stage. Zero inhibitions. An intoxicating mix of private yearnings and public spectacle, A Wink and A Smile follows ten ordinary women who do something extraordinary-learn the art of burlesque dancing and striptease. As captured in this revealing and acclaimed documentary, a homemaker, a doctor, an oprea singer, a taxidermist, a college student and five other women join the American revival of burlesque, where performance art and showgirl spectacle crash head-over-heels into an on-stage display of glamour and sensuality - a world where many want to go, but very few dare.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 16
- Fresh: 6
- Rotten: 10
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: 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.
Fresh: Highly entertaining docu A Wink and a Smile provides an eye-opening lesson in the theory and practice of stripping.
Rotten: Skin-deep look at students in a Seattle school for stripping.
Rotten: The tension between wanting to root for these women and ultimately being faced with what you're rooting for goes completely unresolved.
Excellent film involving wink, smile and brains!
First anybody looking for a cheap thrill, do not rent this film which is excellent. The audience that I believe could most appreciate this gem are women, some sensitive minded men and anyone who loves campy burlesque! This is not about "T&A" so if that is what you are looking for I would not recommend this film for you. One of my favorite performers is only seen for a couple of minutes posing as a male stripper and when he gets down to his undies, what he is packing to define his manhood had me laughing!!!! This is a sensitive film about body image and my belief women come in one size, BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!
Movie making has to be more than pointing the camera
I love the art of Burlesque. People get to choose a statement and express it using their bodies/sexuality (maybe) without reducing. Fascinating Art.
And it can be really risky, dangerous, eye opening, envelope pushy, or moody and thought provoking.
I loved watching the process of the Burlesque school and getting a little bit of a history lesson about what this is.
And there is a BUT. This documentary is about as safe as a documentary can get. It doesn't match the subject it chooses or doesn't do it justice. It's like people showed up with a camera and let people talk then cut it together. They didn't shape or mold what they got in any way, so there is NO director's take of this.
I mean, what is the view of the directors regarding the footage??????? Otherwise this is a home movie about performers. The most controversial statement that came up - they stood stoically afar.
Great material, cagey directors....
They almost managed to turn one of the most fascinating arts boring.