If you're getting your hopes up that Deirdre Timmons' new movie A WINK AND A SMILE is going to give you some idea of what old-time burlesque was like, disabuse yourself of that notion double quick. The film may offer a clue as to what burlesque aspires to now, but if so, that seems a bit sad to me. Not that the old Burley-Q was any great shakes, back in the day. It kept a certain class of guy happy, thinking he was seeing something
naughty (and back then -- the first half of the last century -- I suppose, he was). But if what we see in Ms Timmons' film can be taken as gospel, what Burlesque means these days is some kind of psycho-therapy for needy gals who want to bolster their self-image. My, how times have changed.
A Wink and a Smile would have done better by giving us more of what its title promises -- and a lot less blather. The movie opens Friday, May 1, exclusively at Manhattan's Quad Cinema.