Behind The Burly Q
Behind The Burly Q (2010)

Although its origins derive from France, Great Britain and Greece, burlesque became a wildly popularAmerican form of art that thrived in the early to mid part of the 20th century. Because of the sexualinnuendo and the barely-there costumes… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 23, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Settles too easily for an editing formula which alternates talking heads, too cursory performance footage and montages of headlines and photographs.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Informative and fannish burlesque doc is shapeless compared to its curvy subjects.

Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Revealing doc tells all about the sassy gals of the vaudeville stage

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

More than a dozen of the burlesque performers featured here have died since they were interviewed in 2006, making Zemeckis's slapdash survey definitive by default.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Many of the women who speak on camera, a number of whom have since died, were doing so for the first time, and their desire to set the record straight, or at least semistraight, is palpable.

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Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

This documentary from Leslie Zemeckis affectionately tells everything you ever wanted to know about the golden age of burlesque. The standout interviewee is Alan Alda.

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Ronnie Scheib

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

It's great that she immortalized these women, some for the final time. But this is history as nostalgia.

Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Behind the Burly Q is a mess, but an enjoyable one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Sarah Prisbylla
Really interesting and really funny! It's awesome to see all of the old footage and pictures and hear from the people who were part of it.