Friday, April 23, 2010

Behind the Burly Q

Opening at the Quad Cinema this weekend: Behind the Burly Q, directed by Leslie Zemeckis

Synopsis from the movie's website:

Behind the Burly Q is the behind-the-scenes stories of these men and women as told by the performers
themselves. For the first time ever, the performers from the golden age of burlesque relate their heartbreaking, triumphant stories of life on the road performing in the burly circuit. Many were  ashamed of their past and had never talked about their experiences. Just as many had never been asked.

Director Leslie Zemeckis and producer Sheri Hellard traveled extensively across the country from the
Bayous of post-Katrina Mississippi, to New Jersey, Florida and all points between. The duo tracked down and recorded dozens of interviews with little-known performers to the last of the living legends of burlesque. They spoke with relatives of many deceased stars. The men and women in this documentary opened their scrapbooks as well as their hearts, relating memories they had all but forgotten.

Amongst those interviewed were former musicians, strippers, novelty acts, club owners, funny men and women, authors and historians assembled together for the first time ever to tell you just what really happened in a burlesque show. Sadly, many of the performers have since passed away, making this their last, and often times only interview. We dedicate this film to their memory.

Behind the Burly Q is the definitive history of burlesque during its heyday. Funny, shocking, unbelievable and heartbreaking, their stories will touch your hearts. Hear the performers in their own words. See the performers in action. We invite you to peek behind the curtain at the burly show.

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