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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Did You Know?
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
After Violet stands up from trying to have her nude picture taken a man can be seen in the reflective part of the camera. See more
You think of me as a child.
The closing credits include a card that states, "With our gratitude for the priceless music of FERDINAND "JELLY ROLL" MORTON." See more
Music by Percy Wenrich
Played when Violet is first presented, and again at the auction
Also played when Bellocq brings Violet a doll See more