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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In the final scene, E.J. Bellocq pictures Violet with a Kodak No. 2 Portrait Brownie, which wasn't available until 1929. See more
Do not forget, this guy is buying a virgin, so she's got to act it right. You've got to give him the idea that you don't know nothing. It should be like a rape.
You don't know. Could be a different kind of guy. Someone that wants you to act like she wants it.
The main thing is to whimper and cry when he starts, but then you've got to act like it feels good.
I know what to do. Leave me alone.
Well, don't act like you know it all. You won't even get a tip that way.
Violet, you should touch him ...
The closing credits include a card that states, "With our gratitude for the priceless music of FERDINAND "JELLY ROLL" MORTON." See more
Referenced in The Ecstasy Girls
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
and Tony Jackson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Antonio Fargas
Also played when the kids are in the barn See more