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Tipping the Velvet 

Set in the 1890's, tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley.
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Dramatised from Sarah Waters' acclaimed debut novel, "Tipping the Velvet" tells the story of Nancy Astley (Rachael Stirling), a young girl who works as cook and waitress in her Father's seaside restaurant - that is until she witnesses the extraordinary performance of a new-to-town male impersonator - Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes) - and begins to undergo a complete life transformation. Suddenly whipped up - and quickly flung down - by her love affair with Kitty, she experiences both euphoria and deep disillusion as she embarks on a seven-year journey of self-discovery - finally realizing that a life of sensation just isn't enough. Written by Kanji

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Besant el vellut  »

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One of the songs in the film, "Following in Father's Footsteps," was originally performed by famous male impersonator Vesta Tilley in the London halls of Victorian England during the late 1800s, when "Tipping the Velvet" is set. See more »

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The roses Kitty gives out in her act are obviously artificial. But later when Nan shows Kitty she kept the rose she received from her, the rose is wilted. See more »

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Freddy: You can hold on as tight as you like. Don't worry, I'll tell you if it hurts.
Nancy Nan Astley: No, I don't want to!
Freddy: What's the matter?
Nancy Nan Astley: Nothing, I just don't want that Freddy.
Freddy: I am serious you know Nan? We could be engaged! Well, then it would be alright wouldn't it?
Nancy Nan Astley: Can't we just go on as we are?
Freddy: You don't really care for me at all.
Nancy Nan Astley: I do though.
Freddy: No you don't, you just like to keep me there tagging along like. If you really cared for me you'd let me do it.
Nancy Nan Astley: Well then, I don't care for you!
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The Number One Lesbian Film Of All Times
5 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Out of the top 24 lesbian films in my library, I must rate this one as the number one film of all times. This film will go down in history as the best in it's genre. It is a story about a girl (Rachael Stirling) who goes from riches to rags and from rags to riches, with her first love (Keeley Hawes) popping in and out of her life. It is set against a Victorian background in the 1890's, which makes it an ideal setting for some of the best entertainment in the industry. This film spared no expense for music and costumes, and the make-up Rachael and Keeley wore while on stage in the Halls only added to the film's diversity.

No matter what kind of films you favor, I can guarantee this film will not only amaze you, but will keep your attention through all three episodes. This film will be played and enjoyed for decades to come. The unrated DVD collector's version is a must for anyone's library. Rachael Stirling and Keeley Hawes was the best choice for the casting in these two roles, and they played them extremely well.


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