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Behind the Burly Q

  NR

Leslie Zemeckis

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Plot Summary

Burlesque was one of America's most popular forms of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century. Gaudy, bawdy and spectacular, the shows entertained thousands of paying customers, every night of the week. And yet the legacy of burlesque is often misunderstood and left out of the history books. By telling the intimate and surprising stories from its golden age through the women (and men!) who lived it, BEHIND THE BURLY Q reveals the true story of burlesque, as it experiences a new renaissance.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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78%
  • Reviews Counted: 27
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's great that she immortalized these women, some for the final time. But this is history as nostalgia. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jul 9, 2010

Fresh: Slightly ramshackle but utterly entertaining. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Bob Mondello, NPR, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2010

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