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.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1917. The red-light district of New Orleans. The story of the women. The photographer. And the prostitute's daughter.
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Did You Know?
Pretty Baby is a disturbing and controversial 1978 drama from director Louise Malle and stars Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine and Susan Sarandon. The film takes place in 1910s New Orleans and is the story of Violet (Brooke Shields) a 12-year-old girl whom was born and raised in brothel whom becomes a prostitute herself like her mother (Susan Sarandon) but falls in love with a photographer (Keith Carradine) and decides to leave the brothel and start a new life with him. See more
Violet is wearing a thong (the straps are visible) when she flounces out of the room where Bellocq had posed her naked on the couch. See more
What will become of her now?
What's going on with you? You don't have to worry about her. She's made a lot of money. She can do as she likes.
She's only twelve. She's completely alone.
Bellocq, you're in love with her.
Don't be absurd.
I've seen it a thousand times. I am old, and I know one thing - life is very long.
The closing credits include a card that states, "With our gratitude for the priceless music of FERDINAND "JELLY ROLL" MORTON." See more
Against his own wishes UK censor James Ferman
was forced to make minor edits to the original cinema version under the 1978 Protection of Children Act, and pubic hair was optically airbrushed onto a scene where Brooke Shields
is sitting with her legs slightly spread so that 'the actual cleft was not visible'. A further cut was also made to remove a very brief shot of her standing up in a bath. The edits were fully waived for the 1987 video release. See more
Don't You Leave Me Here
, "Winin' Boy Blues", "Buddy Bolden's Blues", "King Porter Stomp" (being 'composed'), "Mamanita","Mamie's Blues" (at end)(all uncredited)
Written by Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton
Performed by Antonio Fargas See more