Writer of O (2004)
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In 1954, one of the most notorious erotic novels of the 20th century was published -- The Story of O by Pauline Reage, which chronicled in breathless detail the intense sadomasochistic relationship between a submissive woman and a dominant man. For many years, many believed that Pauline Reage was a pseudonym for a male author, but as it turns out that was only half true. In 1994, journalist John de St. Jorre, while researching a book on Olympia Press (the fearless French publisher who first
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The real reason to see this slight but interesting documentary is to watch and listen to the radiant Aury.
[Aury] provides this talking-heads documentary with most of its vitality.
Because it doesn't have the heroic impact the filmmaker seems to have been looking for, she's forced to juggle, to diminishing returns. In the process, she raises more questions than she resolves.
A dry compendium of talking-head interviews interspersed with lackadaisical dramatizations of scenes from the novel.
It is a mash note from first-time filmmaker Pola Rapaport to Aury, but its attempts to dramatize passages of the book are at odds with Aury's advice that Story of O was a piece of writing 'not meant to be spoken.'
The mystery of sex is dwarfed by the mystery of what French intellectuals are talking about.
Rapaport intersperses her reflections and those of people who knew her with dramatizations.
[Rapaport's] slim but informative documentary combines interviews, archival footage and elegantly lurid enactments.
Had 'Writer of O' featured more of the engaging aged Dominique Aury and less pseudo-literary and -psychological speculation, it would have been on surer footing.
The interviews are marvelous. The luminous Aury is beautiful and charming at 90, and her matter-of factness blows away the mist of ideology that swirls around her 'little book.'
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