Instant Gratification Quick Takes: June 22, 2011

Highlighting odd and off-beat new releases to watch instantly on Netflix

New for June 22, 2011

Behind the Burly Q (2010), directed by Leslie Zemeckis, with Alan Alda, April March, Tempest Storm, Blaze Starr and Kitty West – Buried amongst episodes of Dragnet, H.R. Pufnstuf and Nanny 911 added to the Netflix instant watch library this fine humpday is a both comprehensive and entertaining documentary on the history of burlesque. Behind the Burly Q is written and directed by Leslie Zemeckis, co-author and creator of the one-woman burlesque revue “Staar”, and wife of filmmaker and friend-of-Spielberg Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit). The film features interviews with some of burlesque’s most famous stars like “The Oyster Girl” Kitty West and “The First Lady of Burlesque” April March. M*A*S*H star Alan Alda also shows up to talk about his experiences growing up around his father, a “tit singer” with a burlesque troupe whose job was to stand on-stage five or six times a day and sing as the ladies stripped (apparently, while little five-year-old “Ali” stood in the wings and watched!) Anyone interested in the subject of burlesque, vaudeville or just theater in general should check out this doc, provided they aren’t offended by truckloads of pasty-covered breasts and G-string clad bums. (Available until June 21, 2013)


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