×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Anatomy Of Burlesque

Canadian docu "The Anatomy of Burlesque" is a silly assemblage that defines "burlesque" so loosely no particular focus or thesis emerges. Rendered somewhat watchable by colorful body of vintage movie and performance clips used, pic is nonetheless of dubious value. Prospects look limited to home-turf tube play.

Canadian docu “The Anatomy of Burlesque” is a silly assemblage that defines “burlesque” so loosely no particular focus or thesis emerges. Rendered somewhat watchable by colorful body of vintage movie and performance clips used (albeit seldom identified), pic is nonetheless of dubious value, given haphazard structure and the self-indulgence with which helmer Lindalee Tracey insists upon keeping herself onscreen. Stray fests dates aside, prospects look limited to home-turf tube play.

Variously pegging burlesque as shame-based anatomical humor, social-order mockery, “subversive eroticism,” et al., docu cobbles together a specious chronology whose dots just superficially connect. Major pit stops are: Geoffrey Chaucer (called “The Beatles of his time!”), “The Beggar’s Opera,” the can-can, British music-hall traditions, Oscar Wilde’s “Salome,” Mata Hari, early exotic dancers, drag performance, Mae West, the follies Bergeres and Ziegfield, Josephine Baker, Charlie Chaplin, at last the U.S. burlesque (as opposed to vaudeville) circuit, a visit to ex-stripper Dixie Evans’ Exotic World Museum (much seen in prior docus) and contempo NYC street buskers. Dominating this wayward lineage is Tracey herself, mugging lamely in different costumes and locales. Cartoon sound f/x further accents the “jokes.” Tech aspects are OK.

Popular on Variety

The Anatomy Of Burlesque

Production: A Burly Girls Inc. production in association with Magnolia Movies and White Pine Pictures. Produced by Peter Raymont, Lindalee Tracey. Directed by Lindalee Tracey.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Walter Corbett; editor, David Kazala; music, John Welsman. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (Documentaries of the World), Sept. 7, 2003. Running time: 94 MIN.

More Film

  • Inside an Inox Leisure multiplex in

    India's Inox Multiplex Chain Reveals Ambitious Growth Plans

    Indian multiplex chain Inox Leisure has revealed ambitious plans to more than double its existing screen capacity of 600. The company is planning to add 900 more screens across the country over the next decade. “That’s the realistic answer, but my desire is to do it over the next five years,” Siddharth Jain, director, Inox [...]

  • Joker

    Why 'Joker' Is About All of Us (Column)

    Take a look at the photo above. It’s the most poetic image to have emerged from Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” and the reason I say “poetic” isn’t just because the shot has that caught-in-action indelible vibe of a quintessential movie poster: graphic, hauntingly composed, a bit shocking (at least, the first time you see it). It’s [...]

  • Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s

    'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Rules International Box Office With $117 Million

    Though Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” stumbled at the domestic box office, the Angelina Jolie-led sequel enjoyed a far stronger start overseas. The follow-up to 2014’s fantasy adventure inspired by the “Sleeping Beauty” villain took off with $117 million from 56 international markets. In North America, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” debuted with a meager $36 [...]

  • Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s

    Box Office: 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Dominates With Soft $36 Million

    Five years after Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” cast a spell over the box office, the villainous enchantress has returned to the top of domestic charts. Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to 2014’s fantasy adventure based on the “Sleeping Beauty” sorceress, flew lower than the original and debuted to a disappointing $36 million from 2,790 [...]

  • MIA Wrap

    Rome MIA Market Wraps With Stronger U.S. Presence, Boosts Italy's Industry Standing

    Rome’s MIA market for TV series, feature films and documentaries wrapped positively Sunday with organizers boasting a bump in attendance just as some 2,500 executives departed in an upbeat mood after four days of dealmaking and presentations of mostly European fresh product, which elevated Italy’s global standing in the industry, especially within the TV sector. [...]

  • Film Republic Adds Further Sales for

    Film Republic Inks Further Deals for 'God of the Piano' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sales agent Film Republic has closed further territory sales on “God of the Piano.” Film Movement previously picked up North American rights to the film, as reported exclusively by Variety. Mont Blanc Cinema has taken the rights for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Limelight Distribution is looking after the Australian and New Zealand releases, Hualu [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content