Ladies Of Burlesque Presents Cobra Woman With Aviva The Mirage!

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Ladies Of Burlesque Presents Cobra Woman With Aviva The Mirage!
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The Royal Cinema - Toronto says
“She Serpent…In the Garden of Love!” (1944)

Featuring the most sizzling and phallic snake dance ever captured on film, which is mastered by the serpent queen herself—the vampy Maria Montez, this edition of LADIES of BURLESQUE cannot be missed! And with an on stage Montez-inspired performance from none other than Aviva the Mirage (aka “the Sin of the Sands”) this is a very special edition of the series.

The favourite film of Kenneth Anger—director of Scorpio Rising—Cobra Woman is a certified camp classic, and yet, it rarely gets a chance to slither its way onto the big screen (it’s not been shown in Toronto for decades). An exotic Technicolor adventure set in the South Seas, the film stars the iconic Maria Montez as twin sisters Tollea and Naja. The former, a sweet innocent ingénue recently arrived to the appropriately named Cobra Island, whose inhabitants worship the cult of the serpentine; the latter, Tollea’s evil twin sister, whose diabolical rule over the island endangers Tollea and her intended, played by Jon Hall. Fearing that her sister will usurp her throne, the nefarious Naja sets out to kill Tollea by sacrificing her to the King Cobra.

Under the direction of film noir legend Robert Siodmak (The Killers; The Spiral Staircase; Criss Cross), Montez’s over-the-top, heavily accented performance is legendary, and hugely inspired Andy Warhol and his factory of Superstars (Mario Montez, especially). Cobra Woman Bonus: a fun role for the fabulous Sabu!
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By: The Royal Cinema - Toronto