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This docudrama portrays Frenchwoman Dominique Aury (Catherine Mouchet), editor for a prestigious publisher, who during the '50s carries on an affair with her married employer, a well-known writer. The relationship leads to her penning "The Story of O," the controversial novel about a woman, O (Penelope Puymirat), who undergoes sexual training that some would deem slavery and others would call freedom. Aury writes the book under a pseudonym, and a series of interviews comment on its legacy.

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  • Mar 10, 2007
    [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][/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] [font=Century Gothic][/font]
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