The Velvet Hammer Burlesque | 2004

Documentary, Interview
For three years, filmmaker Augusta faithfully followed The Velvet Hammer Burlesque troupe from city to city, documenting sold-out performances, auditions, and rehearsals. Highlights include the dancers as they transform ...more

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For three years, filmmaker Augusta faithfully followed The Velvet Hammer Burlesque troupe from city to city, documenting sold-out performances, auditions, and rehearsals. Highlights include the dancers as they transform from sweat suit-clad chorines into sequined burlesque queens, as the San Diego Vice Squad check the girls' costumes for 'decency', to Kitten De Ville capturing the title of Miss Exotic World 2002. With live footage, candid interviews with the cast and recreated vignettes that recall the hey-day of burlesque, the documentary literally undresses a uniquely cultural phenomenon, the American folk art known as Burlesque, capturing the very essence of The Velvet Hammer.

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