Behind the Burly Q
|Behind the Burly Q|
|Directed by||Leslie Zemeckis|
|Produced by||Leslie Zemeckis
|Written by||Leslie Zemeckis|
|Music by||Phil Marshall|
|Editing by||Evan Finn|
|Distributed by||First Run Features|
|Running time||97 minutes|
This documentary film reveals the story of burlesque by telling the intimate and surprising stories from its golden age through the women (and men) who lived it. The film features dozens of interviews with performers, musicians and authors including:
- actor Alan Alda, whose father Robert Alda was a handsome “tit singer” and a straight man
- Nat Bodian, journalist who wrote and saw burlesque at the Empire in Newark in the 1930s
- Lorraine Lee, who used to dance for Bonnie and Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd and “earned a quarter”
- April March, First Lady of Burlesque, who started as a cigarette girl in Oklahoma and became a headliner at clubs and theaters worldwide and a burlesque legend
- Tempest Storm, who still performs today and claims to have been lovers with Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy
- the notorious Blaze Starr, who escaped a life of poverty to rise to the heights of fame, and became involved with Earl Long
- Kitty West, aka Evangelina the Oyster Girl, the Bourbon Street star, who entertained busloads of tourists as she “came out of her oyster”
- Taffy O’Neill, who performed at night, and spent the days taking her young son, stricken with polio, to treatment
- Mike Iannucci, star stripper Ann Corio’s husband and producer of “This Was Burlesque”
- Rachel Schteir who wrote the book Striptease, a comprehensive history of the art of stripteasing
- and Janet Davis, author of the extensively researched book on Tiny Kline, whom Walt Disney discovered and made the first Tinker Bell when she was in her 60s.
Filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis is a veteran of stage and film. She is the creator of the one-woman burlesque-inspired show, Starr: She's Back and Mistresser Than Ever! that has been performed at various clubs throughout Los Angeles. Zemeckis recently produced the feature Starr starring Carrie Fisher and Jeffrey Tambor and also produced the short film Enfants Terribles, which she stars in opposite Peter Facineli and Christopher Lloyd and which was an official selection of the Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and Chicago Film Festivals in 2005–2006. Her acting credits include Deterrence for director Rod Lurie, Sacrifice with Michael Madsen, Blowback with Mario Van Peebles, and Polar Express opposite Tom Hanks. She co-starred in Beowulf, directed by her husband Robert Zemeckis, starring Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie.
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