A couple of friends, Pat Jaffee and Paul Leaf wanted to make a film about a stripper dance show that was looking for a place to rehearse and ended up in the studio of another friend, painter Alfred Leslie. So we went with them to the rehearsal which consisted of: a string of cat-suited dancers sporting long black tails, a band with Larry Rivers on Sax, once-actress now dancer Louise Lassiter, and hoofer Mara Lynn whom we had filmed a few years earlier with Norman Mailer in Beyond the Law, and all this happening in Leslie’s immense studio surrounded by his larger-than-life portraits painted in black and white staring down at us from the walls.
The featured performer of that afternoon however was bubbly seventeen-year-old Cindy Fink, whom Leacock had followed to the rehearsal, filming her every move as they came and who turned out to be what the film was all about. A few years later the studio burned down in a spectacular fire that cleaned out that whole corner of 23rd Street and Broadway and burned up Al’s incredible paintings which can be seen now only in our film. We ended up running it for Al to identify his pictures so he could claim the insurance, which I don’t think he got anyway.
D A Pennebaker
By Richard Leacock, Joyce Chopra, Patricia Jaffe, and Paul Leaf 1965, 12 min., color