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'La Bare' a feature-length ad for the Dallas male strip club
'La Bare' a feature-length ad for the Dallas male strip club

"La Bare," actor Joe Manganiello's documentary about the Dallas male strip club, gyrates to a familiar tune: the trendy interest in muscled dancers generated by the success of the film "Magic Mike," in which Manganiello appeared. Being sold as "the true stories behind the magic," the movie is a pretty straightforward menu of performance footage and interviews with the club's dancers, past and present — including one still-grinding, slightly wrinkly veteran of 33 years who represents both. No real context is given for what made male stripping such a late 20th century phenomenon. Meanwhile, the history of La Bare is summed up early (elaborate choreography), then dispensed with so...

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