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Writer of O

Writer of O (2004)

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30

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 7

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50

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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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

May 16, 2006

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The real reason to see this slight but interesting documentary is to watch and listen to the radiant Aury.

November 10, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[Aury] provides this talking-heads documentary with most of its vitality.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A dry compendium of talking-head interviews interspersed with lackadaisical dramatizations of scenes from the novel.

June 7, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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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.'

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The mystery of sex is dwarfed by the mystery of what French intellectuals are talking about.

May 4, 2005
New York Post
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Rapaport intersperses her reflections and those of people who knew her with dramatizations.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An illuminating examination of censorship and sexuality.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Haunting and ultimately profound.

August 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Touching and sentimental.

May 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

[Rapaport's] slim but informative documentary combines interviews, archival footage and elegantly lurid enactments.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

April 26, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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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.'

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

The information is now stale news and the style of the documentary seems intentionally dry.

January 31, 2005 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for Writer of O

[font=Century Gothic]"The Writer of O" is a slight documentary about the "Story of O", the controversial erotic novel published in France in 1954 about a woman giving herself body and soul to her lover. Submission is in itself conservative and nothing new; the novel going so far outside the bounds of society was.(Dramatized scenes from the book do a good job of pointing this out.)[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The documentary focuses on Dominique Aury who had originally written the novel for her lover, Jean Paulhan, and was published under a pseudonym. Interviews are also conducted with the original publisher and John de St. Jorre, a writer and journalist, who broke the story of Aury's identity forty years after the book was published.[/font]
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March 10, 2007
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