Official selection of the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.
Published in Paris in 1954, "Story of O" was an immediate bestseller and literary scandal: an elegantly written S&M fantasy that had all the hallmarks of being an autobiographical account by the pseudonymous Pauline Réage. In 1994, Dominique Aury, a mild-mannered editor for France's prestigious Gallimard press, revealed her authorship. Pola Rapaport explores Aury’s inspiration, recreating the world of ’50s literary Paris and setting it against dramatic sequences that bring the infamous book to life. The author as well as various French intellectuals expound on the thorny relationship between sexuality and power, submission and freedom, liberation and non-being. Even today, "Story of O" mystifies in its power and confounds in its contradictions.
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Wonderfully presented. So much more than just a "documentary".
Not my favorite works, but a very good documentary on the subject.
Mixed bag. Really enjoyed the interview with Dominique Aury (or "Pauline Reage") and those who knew her. Great vintage footage and discussion of the Paris literary scene of the time and the push for censorship in England and America. Did not particularly care for the reenactment scenes from the novel "The Story of O". The behind-the-scenes tale, as so often happens, is so much more interesting than the work itself. I wish there were some way to give this documentary 3 1/2 stars as that more clearly reflects my assessment.
Exotic. Compelling. Strong.
Let's have sex!!! :)
I read the book, and saw the movie upon it's initial release in the U.S. back in 197-something. Both were good and it's if the Marquis de Sade could have written this book.
The story of the writer - and the writing - of Story of O. If the book is as compelling to read as this movie was to watch I'm sure to buy it shortly and begin the journey.