A Wink and A Smile
May 15 - May 21, 2009
(Deirdre Allen Timmons, USA, 2008, DigiBeta, 91 min)
Seattle filmmaker Deirdre Allen Timmons swings a spotlight across a glittering stage to illuminate one of the many fascinating pocket industries that keeps Seattle interesting: Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque, where anyone of any background or body type can find instruction in the art of striptease. As Blue takes the ladies through their paces, she has them shedding more than just their clothes. We follow these students as they strip off self-doubts, hang-ups and societal stereotypes to strut and shimmy across the stage, confident that they’ve earned the right to have every eye on them. Blue emphasizes and embodies the great burlesque tradition of combining the erotic with the comedic as she seduces us through humor.
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