In 1917, in the red light district Storyville, New Orleans, the prostitute Hattie lives with her twelve year-old daughter Violet in the fancy brothel of Madame Nell, where she works. Photographer Ernest J. Bellocq has an attraction to Hallie and Violet and he is an habitué of the whorehouse. One day, Madame Nell auctions Violet's virginity and the winner pays the fortune of US$ 400 to spend the night with the girl. Then Hattie marries a wealthy client and moves to Saint Louis, leaving Violet in the brothel alone. Violet decides to marry Bellocq and she moves to his house. Until the day that Hattie, who has overcome her past, comes to Bellocq's house with the intention to take Violet with her. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In 1917, in the red-light district of New Orleans, they called her "Pretty Baby"
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auditioned for the role of Violet, but seemed too old for the part, because the character was 12 years old and she was 21 years old when she did an audition for the part. See more
When Nell takes a customer upstairs to "view" Violet in the bathroom she tells him that she is a virgin.pure as the driven snow. Violet had already lost her virginity in an earlier scene. This may have been a deliberate lie but the customer would have soon found out. See more
Before the war, we used to close down in the summertime. But since the naval base came, we're busy all year round, now. Can I buy you a drink?
No, thank you. Perhaps we can take another one now, if you like.
Yeah, why not? My breasts are very nice, nicer than the other girls'. Do you think maybe I should show them a little better?
Yes, that would be better. Let me see.
The closing credits include a card that states, "With our gratitude for the priceless music of FERDINAND "JELLY ROLL" MORTON." See more
After the Ball
Music by Charles Harris
Played after the car becomes stuck and during the picnic See more