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(DVD - 2003)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
When talking pictures were first coming to the screen, theater director Rouben Mamoulain shatters the oppressive technical limitations and transforms a backstage melodrama into a stunning cinematic masterpiece. Tells the story of Kitty Darling, a fading burlesque star who tries to save her convent-educated daughter April from following in Mom's footsteps.
Publisher: New York : Kino on Video, 2003
Branch Call Number: DVD 782 A
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (79 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Bell, Monta Producer
Fort, Garrett
Mamoulian, Rouben Director
Morgan, Helen 1900-1941, Performer
Peers, Joan 1909-1975, Performer
Mellish, Fuller 1895-1930, Performer
Cameron, Jack Performer
Wadsworth, Henry 1902-1974, Performer
Brown, Beth
Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation
Kino International Corporation


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Sep 25, 2012
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A remarkable movie. This is the true vision of real life in Burlesque. Starring the remarkable Helen Morgan as an aging star and single mother. To shield the child from show business, she sends her off to a convent to be raised when she's 5. The film centers on their reunion 12 years later. The director, Rouben Mamoulian, uses innovative camera work and theatrical flourishes, you can see what may have inspired Bob Fosse and Orson Welles. The story comes to life with actual footage shot in NYC. It's often gritty and disturbing but refreshingly honest, much in the tradition of The Blue Angel and Pandora's Box, made around the same time. The only caveat, the sound is horrible and you have to crank the volume to barely hear some of the dialogue but it's worth it nonetheless.


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