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March 2010

Crazy Horse Paris With Dita Von Teese

featuring: Dita Von Teese, Kristal D'Arc

director: Philipe Noel

56 minutes (15) 2009
widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Optimum DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 10/10
review by Sandra Scholes

Crazy Horse Paris With Dita Von Teese

Former squeeze of eldritch rock icon Marilyn Manson, Dita Von Teese's burlesque show is nothing short of high fashion, chic and incredible. It has eroticism by the bucket load. Though it is erotic it never comes across as vulgar. She is Teese by name and tease by nature, each act is a well thought out piece of art that is just as well choreographed as any ballet.

The introduction to Dita Von Teese at Crazy Horse starts out as a relatively normal day for Dita where she gets ready for the main night, after that it's pure unadulterated kink at its best with a dance troupe kicking away, titillating the audience around them in a celebration of the dazzling female form as it is meant to be in God Save Our Bare Skin, while But I Am A Good Girl takes a look at a society girl who is wined, dined and dated by many willing men who shower her with affection as well as jewels, still maintaining that she is a 'good girl' throughout, though from her mannerisms it's pretty unlikely for the character she plays.

Having more than a passing resemblance to Bettie Page, Dita shows how a girl can't have a relaxing night in without being bothered by male suitors calling her, in Lazy, a beautiful performance where she says her pretend dialogue to the men over the phone while her dancers behind say what her character really means. The whole act ensures great comedic value and is full of special effects, superb lighting and makes for a perfectly choreographed performance.

As it is great to see the show on screen it would be even more of a tease to see her show in person as always seeing shows live is one of the most spectacular things ever. It is one part striptease, and one part circus act - don't miss it or you will surely regret it.

The extras on this DVD form an impressive behind-the-scenes making of section which comprises of a look at how the burlesque is enacted, from the costumes, to the performance, lighting and makeup. The extras consist of these parts: Dita's Beauty Boudoir by Christophe Mourth´┐Ż, Fashion Designer Teasing, The Original Crazy Horse Act, plus interviews with Dita Von Teese, Ali Mahdavi (fashion photographer and director), Andree Deissenbeg (managing director of Crazy Horse, Paris), Christian Laboutin (shoe designer), Stephen Jones (milliner), Yves Riquet (historiographer of the Crazy Horse), and Dita Par Eli Saab.



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