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Go! Girl! Go!–Sesenta y Uno

Happy New Year’s. Starting afresh in 2013, at this same time tomorrow, we’ll launch a new series of daily videos showcasing the Babes of Burlesque, a two-month-long, global tour introducing you to 59 sizzling burlesque performers from 15 countries, guaranteed to get you hot and bothered, and help you make it through the cold, winter months.

Go! Girl!Go! has been popular, so we’re going to close the series out in style and segue to the Babes of Burlesque with a little triple-play action — Jessica Biel, Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, all working the poles.

First, up: Jessica in 2009’s Powder Blue.

Not to be overlooked, here’s Rose in 2007’s Planet Terror.

Finally, Asia preparing a scene for The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, 2004.

Go! Girl! Go! — Sesenta

Claudia Cardinale in The Magnificent Cuckold, a 1964 Italian comedy in which she plays the beautiful wife of Ugo Tognazzi — who is convinced she must be cheating on him. He’s a philanderer himself, and she’s drop-dead gorgeous, so, he reasons, how can she remain chaste?

Go! Girl! Go!–Cincuenta y Nueve

Just before her breakout in And God Created Woman, Brigitte Bardot played a Paris schoolgirl who enters an amateur strip contest, unaware that her new boyfriend is covering the event for his magazine. This leads to a comic attempt on her part to disguise herself, while still going for the gusto and trying to claim the prize money she desperately needs in 1956’s Mademoiselle Striptease, also known as Plucking the Daisy.

Go! Girl! Go!–Cincuenta y Ocho

He’s expecting to find a bookworm, but rogue cop Hartigan (Bruce Willis) discovers that 19-year-old Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) has filled out impressively in 2005’s Sin City. Co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez have a sequel in the works, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, due out next October, with Alba reprising her role.

Go! Girl! Go!–Cincuenta y Siete

Tongolele in Si, Mi Vida, a musical comedy from Mexico released in 1953. Born as Yolanda Montes, she danced under the stage name “Tongolele,” specializing in exotic Afro-Cubano rhythms considered risque at the time.

Here’s an earlier Tongolele performane from El Rey Del Barrio, 1949.

Go! Girl! Go!–Cincuenta y Seis

Nastassja Kinski does an autoerotic dance to Betty Everett’s “Shoop Shoop Song” in 1983’s Exposed. Kinski plays a Wisconsin farm girl who has just gone to New York City seeking fame and fortune.  After talking with her mother back home, she imagines a dance with a dream lover.  Not the best of thrillers, but there’s something thrilling about Kinski in this scene.

Go! Girl! Go!–Cincuenta y Cinco

Merry Christmas! We’ve got a stocking stuffer for you and then a gift package we guarantee you’ll enjoy unwrapping. Both glittering presents under the tree feature Sophia Loren, who might not have been the most classically trained dancer in cinema, but va-va-va-voom! Was there ever an actress who carried herself  so gracefully and so gorgeously?

To rustle your jimmies, we offer Sophia dancing flamenco in the 1957 period piece The Pride and the Passion, cast opposite Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.

And, now something a little naughty, but plenty nice — Sophia strips for Marcello Mastroianni in 1963’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Go!Girl!Go!–Cincuenta y Cuatro

Were she still alive, today would have been the 90th birthday for the actress they nicknamed “Angel,” because her beauty was unblemished and unsurpassed. She wasn’t a natural-born dancer, but Ava Gardner learned flamenco to play her part as Maria Vargas in 1954’s The Barefoot Contessa, a role patterned after Rita Hayworth.

Go! Girl! Go!–Cincuenta y Tres

No series about hot dancers would be complete without saluting those buxom ladies of burlesque. Here are two of the most iconic performers from the vintage era — Blaze Starr and Bettie Page. Perhaps their gambits seem tame by today’s standards, but back in the day, they were considered hot properties, Blaze earning the nickname “Miss Spontaneous Combustion.”

Bettie Page was more of a pin-up girl than a dancer, as she modeled for an estimated 20,000 photos, including many bondage poses shot by photographer Irving Klaw. But with her trademark dark bangs, she also appeared in some 50 burlesque films.

Go! Girl! Go!–Cincuenta y Dos

Josephine Baker from the 1935 French musical Princess TamTam. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Baker had made her way to Paris by 1927, becoming a star in the all-black revue at the Folies Bergere. Among her legions of fans was Pablo Picasso who described her as “tall, coffee skin, ebony eyes, legs of paradise, a smile to end all smiles.”

Here is rare Pathecolor footage of Baker on stage at the Folies Bergere in 1927, her first year in France. There are a few stills up front, followed by a couple minutes of rolling film.

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