Zeitgeist Films | Writer of O
Pola Rapaport
Film Info
80 mins
Color and B&W
In English and French with English subtitles
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Rating: Not Rated

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. -Karen Cooper, Film Forum