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Live Nude Girls Unite! (2000)

Cast: Amnesia, Lolita, Decadence
Director: Vicky Funari, Vicky Funari, Julia Query, more...
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Studio: First Run Features
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 85 min.
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The Lusty Lady is a peep-show strip club in San Francisco whose dancers were not happy with management. While the club paid good wages and the performers didn't have to participate in legally iffy practices such as "private lap dances," they made no provisions for sick days, gave Caucasian dancers priority in scheduling over African-Americans, pressured dancers into "dating" friends of the management, and allowed patrons to videotape their performances without their knowledge or consent for amateur porn films. So the women of the Lusty Lady, in the grand tradition of the American labor movement, decide to unionize. When negotiations with management broke down, the dancers went on strike, with both the strippers and their customers picketing the club. The documentary Live Nude Girls, Unite! offers a witty but sincere look at the Lusty Lady strike, which paved the way for unionization of exotic dancers in a number of other major American cities. Co-director Julia Query was also one of the club's dancers as well as a key organizer in the strike, and the film also takes a look at her sometimes rocky relationship with her mother, feminist activist Dr. Joyce Wallace. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Where the Engorged Rubber of Desire Meets the Cold Road of Commerce by JPielaszczyk April 25, 2006 - 1:55 PM PDT
Spunky, intelligent and hilarious. These ladies, after all, include some philosophy majors. It's refreshing to hear a sex worker noting that there's a sacred aspect to her interactions with clients--and I'm not being ironic. R-e-s-p-e-c-t for the reality of human sexuality is what's on the agenda here. Also, it's a pleasure to see the unionization movement spread from San Francisco into other US cities.

Only in San Francisco by pelikan April 28, 2002 - 11:16 AM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
An interesting documentary on the inside of Peep Show Women unionizing in San Francicso. The press didn't offer much coverage when this happened so it's nice to get a more in depth perspective. Those looking soley looking for naked anonymous women will be disappointed, as this disc portrays the sex workers as people with bad working conditions.

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