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Documentary:
Storyville - The Naked Dance: New Orleans' Notorious Red Light District And The Birth Of Jazz
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Description Storyville - The Naked Dance is the first documentary about America's legendary legal red-light district that thrived in New Orleans from 1898 until World War I. Set against the stark backdrop of Victorian morality, 2000 prostitutes worked 16 square blocks of twinkling lights and rat-infested alleyways. Storyville's gateway, Basin Street, made legendary through song, was lined with extravagant bordellos - from the infamous octoroon madam Lulu White's Mahogany Hall to Emma Johnson's mansion, where sex circuses were regularly staged. It was a district filled with greed, excitement, sin, and the raucous rhythms of a new American music: jazz.

Storyville explores the genesis of jazz and its relationship to the decadent "sportin' life" through colorful jazz legends like Buddy Bolden and Jell Roll Morton. The soundtrack combines a rich medley of ragtime, blues, music of the streets, 19th century classical compositions, early jazz tunes, and the pre-recorded voices of musicians who played there.

The films visual centerpieces are portraits portraits of Storyville's prostitutes photographed by E. J. Bellocq, turn-of-the century erotica (including never-before seen photos of Lulu White) and nickelodeon "peep shows". 60 min.

This DVD is encoded for Region 1 (U.S. & Canada only) and will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.
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Label SHA - Shanachie
Number 983
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