After its sold out screenings during the 2003 Canadian film festival season, Magnolia Movies is pleased to announce the world broadcast premiere of THE ANATOMY OF BURLESQUE by director and producer, Lindalee Tracey on February 14, 2004. Co-produced by Magnolia Movies and White Pine Pictures, THE ANATOMY OF BURLESQUE is a cheeky and irreverent romp through the history of burlesque.  History Television will air the director’s cut in a special Valentine’s Day broadcast at 9:00 PM ET (10:00 PM PT).

THE ANATOMY OF BURLESQUE is a celebration of erotic comedy, rudeness and the inventiveness of combatants in the eternal class struggle.   Combining the scholarly with the vernacular, the film maps out the written and performed rites of burlesque; both high and low forms; and its social and political impact.  From the giants of literature to music halls, chorus lines, French Cancan, silent film, striptease, modern burlesque revivals and the explicit comedy performances of the 21st century.

Brimming with intelligence and visual humour, director Lindalee Tracey has made a film that winks with naughty knowingness and captures the absolute essence of burlesque.

Spanning the globe, the film stars the brilliant Beyond the Fringe co-founder Jonathan Miller, and the former Minskygirl, Dixie Evans.  The film also features the biggest names in burlesque history including: The British Blondes, Champagne Charlie, Charlie Chaplin, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gay, Mata Hari, Little Egypt, The Minsky Brothers, Sally Rand, Salome, Lili St. Cyr, Mae West and Florenz Ziegfeld. THE ANATOMY OF BURLESQUE is a film of great wit and sensitivity that “burlesques” the very subject it illuminates.

For numerous years, author, filmmaker and producer, Lindalee Tracey has been one of Canada’s leading documentary filmmakers.  Her recent film credits include Producer: The World Stopped Watching (TVO, 2003), Arctic Dreamer (History, 2003), Director, Producer: Graveyard Shift (The Life Network, 2001), Director, Producer: Toronto: City of Dreams (CTV, 2001), An Irish Woman’s Kingdom (2000, History). Recent awards include the Gold Medal, for Best Television Documentary Series for Scattering of Seeds, at the 1998 Houston World Festival; The Chris Award, for Abby, I Hardly Knew Ya at the 1995 Columbus Film Festival.  Lindalee Tracey has worked extensively in television, print, radio and drama, including script writing for radio, television and film.

For additional information on this film log onto www.anatomyofburlesque.com Magnolia Movies and White Pine Pictures are independent Canadian film production companies specializing in feature documentary and docu-drama for television.

Director Lindalee Tracey is available for interviews.

For media requests please contact: P. Moore at Amanda Jackson Communications 514-993-3112 or email amandajackson@sympatico.ca Press material available upon request.

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