A Private War
Crazy Rich Asians
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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.
An illuminating examination of censorship and sexuality.
Haunting and ultimately profound.
Touching and sentimental.
[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.
[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]
[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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