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Mademoiselle Strip-tease (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 13 November 1957 (France)
Originally titled Mademoiselle Striptease, this classic French sex comedy is a charming frolic through luscious Parisian cabarets with outstanding striptease performances. Agnes Laurent plays a spoiled young provincial girl.

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Philippe Nicaud ...
Jacques Bersan
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Sophie Durville
Dora Doll ...
Rita
Simone Paris ...
Mme. de Breule
Jack Ary ...
Brutus (as Jacques Ary)
Michel Bardinet ...
Hubert
Charles Bouillaud
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Le régisseur
Jacques Dufilho ...
Pedro
Sam Endel ...
Jo
Evelyne Autran
Janine de Andréa
Germaine Grainval ...
La grand-mère
Alix Mahieux
Picolette
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Originally titled Mademoiselle Striptease, this classic French sex comedy is a charming frolic through luscious Parisian cabarets with outstanding striptease performances. Agnes Laurent plays a spoiled young provincial girl.

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It's worth watching, barely.
20 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film's not quite as trashy as its title might suggest. There's no more nudity than you'd seen in a typical Brigitte Bardot film from the period, only most of BB's movies were a lot better than this. There are no sex scenes at all.

There's about 10-15 minutes worth of good cinema here, mostly where the movie's just kind of noodling along, showing us scenery. There are some cool shots of the characters zipping around Paris in a funny little Eurocar. And then there's the nightclub, with some cool late 50s jazz and the associated dancing. I liked that. At times it felt like a low-rent Fellini film, La Dolce Vita-era. And then there are the several stripteases. The stripteases aren't overly explicit, but they're nice. There's an innocence to them. It's about the art of striptease; it doesn't feel exploitative. Some of the scenes are quite creatively choreographed, although not particularly creatively filmed. The camera just kind of stands and stares. But I guess if you've got something inherently beautiful and interesting on screen, there's no reason to overcomplicate it.

Unfortunately, the rest of the movie insists on having a plot, and not a very interesting one. It was hard to sit through.

But overall, this film was worth a rental. I like the late 50s style. And I like vintage nudity. I'm probably being overly generous, but I'll give this a 6/10.

BTW, the DVD version I saw had, I think, the original 1950s dubbing to English. It was among the worst I've ever heard. All the male voices sounded like they'd been tape recorded and then played back at 2/3 speed. Everyone sounded like James Earl Jones. And some of the female voices sounded exactly like Monty Pythonesque female impersonations. I wonder what my neighbors were thinking; they must have been able to hear this through the wall.


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