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A Wink and a Smile (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 28 May 2008 (USA)
Ten ordinary women learn the art of the striptease when they dive into the glamorous world of burlesque in this musical documentary of diva proportions.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Indigo Blue Miss Indigo Blue ... Herself
Diane Bruch Diane Bruch ... Herself
Casey Ellison Casey Ellison ... Herself
Janie Hanson Janie Hanson ... Herself
Megan Keller Megan Keller ... Herself
Amy Klar Amy Klar ... Herself
Vicky R. Moczi Vicky R. Moczi ... Herself
Christi Jo Petrucelli Christi Jo Petrucelli ... Herself
Sara Robinson Sara Robinson ... Herself
Rachel Shimp Rachel Shimp ... Herself
Tami Veralund Tami Veralund ... Herself
The Shanghai Pearl The Shanghai Pearl ... Herself
The Swedish Housewife The Swedish Housewife ... Herself
Tamara the Trapeze Lady Tamara the Trapeze Lady ... Herself
Lily Verlaine Lily Verlaine ... Herself


Ten ordinary women learn the art of the striptease when they dive into the glamorous world of burlesque in this musical documentary of diva proportions.

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Release Date:

28 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,346, 3 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,459, 28 June 2009
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Golden Echo Films See more »
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Empowering Undressed Women
2 May 2009 | by scif100See all my reviews

Writer-producer-director Deirdre Allen Timmons examines the classic art of burlesque -- "strip-tease" as opposed to "stripping" -- in this interesting, sometimes funny, and occasionally poignant documentary. Ten ordinary women in the Seattle area, ranging in age from early 20s to early 50s, take a six-week course in taking off their clothes in front of an audience as a way to boost their self-esteem and strengthen their sexual confidence.

As a movie, it's nothing extraordinary -- a conventional, even bland, documentary approach is used -- but the subject matter itself offers something unusual. And more important, the director manages to give us a look inside the psyches of a few of the students who on the surface mostly appear to be "ordinary" people. Why would they want to get up on stage in sexy costumes, gyrate to music, and then show off their not-necessarily-slim bodies?

That's the fascination of this film: the question of why they do it and what they gain. Through interviews with class instructor Miss Indigo Blue, her assistant The Shanghai Pearl, and all of the students, Timmons helps us see that accepting one's body as a sexual object and taking ownership of its use in that context can be truly empowering. In the end, her movie exposes more than just skin; it exposes humanity.

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