Storyville: The Naked Dance

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This documentary chronicles the notorious red light district in New Orleans, in operation from 1898 until the end of the First World War. Storyville was as unique as New Orleans itself. It was a legal operation, confined to a 16-block area from Basin Street down to the Mississippi River, where sailors and good-time men and women could make all the noise they wanted to, right in the middle of the business district. Part of that noise was the new music called jazz, played by the man who said he invented it: Jelly ...
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Overview

This documentary chronicles the notorious red light district in New Orleans, in operation from 1898 until the end of the First World War. Storyville was as unique as New Orleans itself. It was a legal operation, confined to a 16-block area from Basin Street down to the Mississippi River, where sailors and good-time men and women could make all the noise they wanted to, right in the middle of the business district. Part of that noise was the new music called jazz, played by the man who said he invented it: Jelly Roll Morton. Storyville, with its bordellos, where people could have any kind of good time they were willing to pay for, from the highest price to the lowest, was in sharp contrast to the Victorian mores of the country. Such are the recollections of New Orleans own Danny Barker, jazz musician, historian, and raconteur, who played Storyville early in his career. New Orleans councilman Sidney Story tried to have the area closed down, only to end up having, to his chagrin, the whole sinful place named for him. Over 2,000 prostitutes worked the area. Photographer E.J. Bellocq documented the lives of these women, and his amazing photographs are the centerpiece of this film. The rich soundtrack includes street music, ragtime, and jazz by Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, and other jazz legends. This is not an everyday American history lesson.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • UPC: 016351098399
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Shanachie
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 96,744

Cast & Crew

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Maia Harris Director
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Scene Index

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0. Scene Selection
1. Danny Barker's Jazz Memories [3:42]
2. A flood of sportin' women they couldn't control [4:39]
3. Legal red light district created in 1898 [1:05]
4. A man could buy anything [3:03]
5. Storyville specialized in octoroons [8:30]
6. Jelly Roll Morton - the most famous "professor" [3:25]
7. The Naked Dance [2:48]
8. Buddy Bolden - first leader of a jazz band [7:05]
9. Lulu White - Mahogany Hall's octoroon queen [8:50]
10. World War I and the demise of Storyville [9:21]
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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    Your description of the product is incorrect in many ways.Storyv

    Your description of the product is incorrect in many ways.Storyville did not extend to the Mississippi River,from Basin Street it extended East,away from the river,not towards it. And Sidney Story did not try to close the district down,he created it in order to limit prostitution to a specific area.He got this idea from european ports such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam. And there is some doubt that Jazz originated in the "district".It was already popular in the "Quarter".

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