Nick Broomfield and a documentary crew visit Pandora's Box, an up-scale house of bondage on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, where clients pay $175 an hour to be subservient to mistresses. Mistresses talk about their craft; a few clients, usually masked, are interviewed as well. Then, the camera watches sessions organized around fetishes: rubber, wrestling, corporal punishment, masochism, and infantilism. Mistress Raven, the owner of Pandora's Box, explains that pain need not be part of the subservient experience: it is, at its root, a transfer of power. After their session has ended, clients talk about how drained, relaxed, relieved, and at peace they are. Written by
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This film was originally made as part of HBO's America Undercover
(1986) series, but released theatrically the following year. See more
Hold My Hand
Written by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker, and Jim Sonefeld
Performed by Hootie & The Blowfish See more