"Behind the Burly Q"

Friday, April 23, 2010

Filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis discusses her documentary “Behind the Burly Q,” a comprehensive look at burlesque as told by the women performers themselves. April March, one of the dancers featured in the film, also joins us. The documentary focuses on all the performers of the Burlesque era--including male comedians, novelty acts, and musicians--not just strippers. “Behind the Burly Q” opens on April 23 at the Quad Cinema.


April March and Leslie Zemeckis

Comments [3]

Leslie from USA

The mob was most definitely involved in the business. In the film the women talk quite fondly about the mafia - mostly protecting them. Check out the film at the Quad this week to answer all your questions. Its in the film!

Apr. 26 2010 09:10 AM
The mob

Did the dancers need cabaret licenses? Was the mob involved in the business? Did the dancers have to give a cut of their money to anyone mob connected, like a street tax?

Apr. 23 2010 01:19 PM
RLewis from bowery

Are the women in the film aware of the popularity of the New Burlseque movement in downtown Manhattan at places like the Slipper Room, other burlseque only venues, and the NY Burlesque Festival, and how do they fell about it?

Apr. 23 2010 01:13 PM

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