The Pantomime Dame (1982)

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The history of the Pantomime Dame. Investigates the reasons for the enduring popularity in Britain of the Pantomime Dame. Examines 'her' function as an outrageous and aggressive parody of female behaviour and the changes in her portrayal corresponding to changing social attitudes to women and sexuality. A number of contemporary Dames, including Arthur Askey, Billy Dainty and Paul Laidlaw seen making up and in performance, give their views on their role and its significance. The film also features Victoria Wood and John Morley.

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