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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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
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
Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight?
Written by Robert Lowry
Sung by those gathered in protest outside in the street See more