IMMODESTY BLAIZE presents BURLESQUE UNDRESSED (EMI DVD)

 |   |  1 min read

IMMODESTY BLAIZE presents BURLESQUE UNDRESSED (EMI DVD)

Well, if you can have an Olympic event on the parallel bars, why not on a vertical bar -- especially when many thousands of people across the world are dedicated to it. So why not pole dancing as demonstation sport at the next Olympics leading to official recognition as sport thereafter?

Well, here is why not.

Pole dancing is, like, just sooo last year's thing.

Burlesque is where it's at now -- and actually has been for a few years, especially since Marilyn Manson's former wife Dita Von Teese started taking into the mainstream.

Burlesque -- which dates back to early last century and beyond -- keeps the sex nice'n'sophisticated, titillating and all about the tease.

And that is what Immodesty Blaize (aka Kelly Fletcher from Hertfordshire) is all about in this interesting doco which is long on show footage (by her and others with terrific names such as Catherine D'Lish, Perle Noire, Michelle L'Amour, Kitten DeVille and Dirty Matini) but rather light on placing this into some greater historical context.

Yes, a few of the old performers are wheeled out -- that they look like carelessly made-up drag queens for the most part rather spoils the effect -- but there was perhaps some opportunity to dig a little deeper.

But my guess this is a showreel for Ms Blaize as much as anything -- not that she needs, she's coining it in.

So here are fabulous costumes, lots of strategically placed and removed feathers and fans, black corsets and a bit of cellulite, terrific props (the massive martini glass is something to bathe in -- as one does) and lots of badaboom-badabang music.

Marc Almond makes a cameo. It's that kind of film. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Film articles index

THE ROLLING STONES; HAVANA MOON (Sony DVD/2CD)

THE ROLLING STONES; HAVANA MOON (Sony DVD/2CD)

Much as we who have grown up and old with the Rolling Stones might laugh at the sight of Mick Jagger dancing like some skinny mannequin being electrocuted, others see the Stones spectacle... > Read more

SUPERSONIC a doco by MAT WHITECROSS

SUPERSONIC a doco by MAT WHITECROSS

This two-hour doco  -- in New Zealand cinemas for this coming weekend only (details below) --  was made by the team behind the moving Amy Winehouse film . . . with Noel and Liam... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale: Breathing Under Water (Manhattan/EMI)

Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale: Breathing Under Water (Manhattan/EMI)

This soundtrack suffers only major drawback in my book: the presence of Sting on the song Sea Dreamer. Is there a more irritating singer on the planet? (Yep, the yelper in Yes. The screacher... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Grayson Gilmour

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Grayson Gilmour

Currently touring on the back of his excellent new album Infinite Life! (dates below, album reviewed here), Grayson Gilmour took time out to answer our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire . . . and his... > Read more