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  • Actors: Dominique Aury, Cyril Corral, Thierry de Carbonnières, John de St. Jorre, Catherine Mouchet
  • Directors: Pola Rapaport
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EZ90AW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Writer of O" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Additional video interviews with writer John de St. Jorre, who revealed Dominique Aury¹s identity as the author of STORY OF O in a groundbreaking NEW YORKER article
  • Liner notes by John de St. Jorre
  • Dominique Aury bio
  • Director¹s statement
  • Original theatrical trailer

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"If the Playboy Channel had literary pretensions, WRITER OF O would be right up its alley." -- Philadelphia Inquirer, November 11, 2005

Product Description

WRITER OF O is a unique drama/documentary hybrid about the author of the notorious erotic novel STORY OF O, who kept her identity a closely guarded secret for 40 years. Filmmaker Pola Rapaport explores the writer's clandestine romantic inspiration, re-creating the world of '50s literary Paris and setting it against provocatively dramatic sequences that bring the infamous book to life.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- 16:9 transfer, formatted for widescreen televisions
- Additional video interviews with writer John de St. Jorre, who revealed Dominique Aury s identity as the author of O in a groundbreaking 1994 New Yorker article
- Liner notes by John de St. Jorre
- Dominique Aury bio
- Director s statement
- Original theatrical trailer

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Director (and narrator) Pola Rappaport ("Family Secret") has conceived an effective documentary utilizing dramatizations and re-enactments to capture the intrigue and romance of both the novel itself s well as reader's search for the truth behind the rumor of the mysterious author who created the extremely popular erotic novel "Story of O." And most importantly, why was it written at all and to what purpose.

While some docu-philes might think this territory was plumbed in "The Stone Reader" several years ago, the fact remains that in "Writer of O" the clues to the mystery reveal not only the author's identity but the deep meaning underlying the sado-masochistic exploits detailed in the novel.

Rappaport smartly assumes the viewer might not be familiar with the material which has been restricted for ADULTS ONLY reading by censors around the world who only look to the literal meanings of the words and label such

intensely erotic dramas as 'prurient' without even considering the richness of the writing.

Several actors are also incorporated throughout the film to re-enact the bold and disturbing sado-masochistic scenes of the book (with full frontal nudity) as well as a much less erotic but essential past interview with the original author when she was younger. This helps the audience to distinguish between the real and symbolic images these erotic scenes are representing.

The photography, design, and score far exceed typical docu-drama fare which should make this film a sheer delight for those familiar with the text while arousing interest among those who haven't perused the literary 'pleasures' found within the 'Story of O'.

The nom-de-plume Pauline Reage held another mystery that was only revealed by the author four decades after publication, and this film contains one of her final interviews before passing away in 1998.

Check this one out ... if anything it'll turn you on ... to a good book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amateur curmudgeon VINE VOICE on June 2, 2006
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Dominique Aury is Pauline Reage. The mistery was revealed some years ago.

Based on interviews with the author, and business associates, the story behind the book is revealed.

The book is a love story, written by Ms Aury for her lover. Published in the fifties in France, it created a revolution. The story of its publication, of its creation, is superimposed on scenes from the book; all of them tasteful, much less explicit than the original movie.

Highly recommended for admirers of the book; however, if you have not read the book, do not bother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Dunkley on March 15, 2013
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A movie about the author of a controversial book could be dry and uninteresting, but this movie, which integrated scenes from the book in with interviews and information about the author and reenactments of portions of the author's life, was really interesting and entertaining at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joeyred on February 4, 2013
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One of the most important books in the world of BDSM is the Story of O. It is erotic and disturbing at the same time. In our era dominated by "me" first, the concept of submitting totally to a lover is rare. But, that is the Story of O. This film is a documentary describing the author of the book, Dominique Aury. Anyone who loved the Story of O should watch this movie.
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The back story, a fascinating look at the mild mannered author of the most widely read erotic book ever published. I
Who was she....?
Now, we know!
Or, do we really?
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The story behind the story of The Story of O, written in 1954. This is really the story of the author and how she didn't reveal who she was until many, many years later before she died. There are scenes of the movie woven into information about the author.
It's interesting if you have already read the book, which I highly recommend if you have read or attempted to read Fifty Shades of Gray. The Story of O is beautifully written.
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By WS on June 8, 2013
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This was answered in 1992. It is somewhat surprising that a woman wrote Story of 'O', a tale of male domination, in today's social climate. Mlle Aury explains the reasons. Unfortunately we must read the English subtitles if we do not use French, in many of the interviews. WGS
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