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Series compiled by: Andrew Crane, Chris D. and Richard A. Becker.
Special Thanks to: Caitlin Robertson/20TH CENTURY FOX; Marilee Womack/ WARNER CLASSICS; Richard A.  Becker.

 

 

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The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
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<<< February 15 - 16, 2008 >>>

Burlesque On Film & In the Flesh plus Roller Derby Action!

 

This series is an Egyptian Theatre exclusive!

 

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Remedy your Valentine’s Day emotional hangover  with this tonic elixir mixing live stage performance and celluloid, all devoted to a growing retro appreciation of a bygone era of live variety revues. Poised somewhere between early 20th Century vaudeville and the more graphic (and many consider less fun) aspects of later topless shows, burlesque blossomed -- live stage productions devoted to the teasing image of the female body beautiful. Scandalous in their day, the best of the burlesque stage shows are now considered to be classic examples of sexy style and humor, poise and expert dance dexterity, triumphing over and trumping the more explicit, baldly prurient live sex displays that took over during the late 1960s’ sexual liberation. Join us for live performances by The Bonnie Delight Burlesque Revue featuring the talents of Miss Bonnie Delight and Miss Lola Lee as well as appearances by emcee/funnyman Shecky Greenblatt (Scott Whitesell) and crooner Charlie Singer (Hal Cartrett). Produced and directed by Richard A. Becker.

Burlesque onscreen includes the acclaimed Gypsy Rose Lee bio pic, GYPSY starring Natalie Wood and Rosalind Russell, as well as incredibly hard-to-see vintage classics DOLL FACE and HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR (Betty Grable’s last movie). Plus we’ll be screening Liz Goldwyn’s documentary on vintage burlesque luminaries, PRETTY THINGS.

 

 

Friday, February 15 – 7:30 PM

LIVE BURLESQUE! (Approx. 45 min.) The Bonnie Delight Burlesque Revue kicks off the evening with sexy old-fashioned fun! You'll see emcee/funnyman Shecky Greenblatt (Scott Whitesell), sultry dancer Miss Lola Lee, crooner Charlie Singer (Hal Cartrett), a cavalcade of other performers, and the star of our show -- the delightful Bonnie, Miss Bonnie Delight! So bring somebody you love to our Valentine's Weekend extravaganza...part one!

Following the live show, please join us for a screening of:


GYPSY, 1962, Warner Bros., 149 min. Dir. Mervyn Le Roy. Natalie Wood lights up the screen as stripper Gypsy Rose Lee in this splendid Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents musical. The showstopping Rosalind Russell stars as Wood’s domineering stage mother, with Karl Malden as Russell’s long-suffering boyfriend. "Entertaining screen version of bittersweet Broadway musical about the ultimate stage mother Mama Rose and her daughters Baby June and Gypsy Rose Lee." – Leonard Maltin Plus sign up to win one free burlesque lesson from Miss Delight!

Miss Bonnie Delight's Official Myspace

 

 

Saturday, February 16 – 5:00 PM

PRETTY THINGS, 2005, Liz Goldwyn Film Productions, 88 min. Through priceless, rare, vintage film clips and present-day interviews, director Liz Goldwyn (granddaughter of Samuel Goldwyn) chronicles the careers of the fabled burlesque stars of yore. See such striptease luminaries as Zorita, Dixie Evans, Lois De Fee, Sherry Britton, Betty Rowland as they were in the day and as they are now. Famed documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles was one of the cinematographers. "The best parts… are the interviews with the performers, each of whom flaunted her own gimmick: Zorita, known for her sinuous snake dance, describes its finale as "banging the snake"; Dixie Evans, the former "Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque," jokes about impersonating "a star of the first magnitude."…Lois de Fee, "The Eyeful Eiffel," dishes that strippers today "come out nude, get lewd, and get screwed." There is some great rare video footage of the performers when they were young: In Zorita's "spider web" number…Zorita wears a ruby floor-length sequined gown slit up the side and undulates in front of a sparkling web." – Rachel Shteir, Slate.com Burlesque Queen Betty Rowland (Ball of Fire), who is interviewed in the film will appear for an introduction prior to the film.

 

 

Saturday, February 16 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature + Live Burlesque!

HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR, 1955, 20th Century Fox, 89 min. Writer/director Nunnally Johnson loosely adapts the 1933 stage farce "She Loves Me Not," with Betty Grable and Sheree North as two strippers named Stormy Tornado and Curly Flagg who go on the lam after a bald-headed killer threatens to rub them out. They take refuge in a college fraternity, wreaking predictable havoc amongst the male denizens. Robert Cummings and Charles Coburn (both veterans of THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES) co-star. With more comic support by Orson Bean, Fred Clark and Tommy Noonan (A STAR IS BORN). "The wild and wacky doings dreamed up by Nunnally Johnson are dressed up considerably in eye appeal by having Betty Grable and Sheree North running through most of the footage in costumes appropriate to their striptease profession." -- Variety

DOLL FACE, 1946, 20th Century Fox, 80 min. "The Classy Chassis from Tallahassee. 'Cept she's from Brooklyn, but that don't rhyme with nothin'." Director Lewis Seiler adapts Gypsy Rose Lee’s play "The Naked Genius" into this frothy, entertaining musical comedy confection. Charismatic Vivian Blaine is "Doll Face" Carroll and Dennis O’Keefe is her manager trying to haul her up the ladder from burlesque to the big time. A young Perry Como co-stars and croons his hit "Hubba, Hubba, Hubba." Carmen Miranda frolics.

LIVE BURLESQUE show (approx. 45 min) will take place between the two films: Get ready for your temperature to skyrocket, because The Bonnie Delight Burlesque Revue takes the stage again for part two of our Valentine's Weekend extravaganza! More classic burlesque excitement will be unveiled for you, live and in-person, with emcee Shecky Greenblatt, a thrilling line-up of performers, and the one and only burlesque queen herself -- Miss Bonnie Delight! Plus, a drawing tonight! One lucky patron will win a free burlesque lesson from Miss Delight! Don't miss it!

Miss Bonnie Delight's Official Myspace

 


Sunday, February 17 – 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere!

HELL ON WHEELS, 2007, CrashCam Films, 90 min. Dir. Bob Ray. The ass-kicking documentary film telling the story of a group of Texas women who band together to resurrect roller derby for the 21st Century. Emerging from the Austin music and arts scene, these women create a rock-and-roll-fueled version of all-girl roller derby that has spawned the derby craze that's sweeping the nation. Chronicling the creation of the first modern-era rollergirl league Bad Girl, Good Woman Productions (BGGW, later renamed as Texas Roller Derby / Lonestar Rollergirls) and the breakaway league the Texas Rollergirls. Filmed from the trenches, this documentary delivers the struggles and eventual success of the rollergirls as they construct a new sport and set forth to conquer the globe. "…the kind of twists, drama, cat fights and compound fractures that only happen in real life…the story is extremely compelling, sometimes laugh-out-loud outrageous and above all inspiring." Ain’t It Cool News Discussion following with director/cinematographer Bob Ray.