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Fetishes (1996)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 9 May 1997 (USA)
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Masochism, rubber, corporal punishment, wrestling, and infantilism are all examined into detail as a documentary crew visits a bondage house and its mistresses in upstate New York.

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Nick Broomfield

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Nick Broomfield
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Credited cast:
Mistress Beatrice Mistress Beatrice
Nick Broomfield Nick Broomfield ... Himself - Interviewer
Mistress Catherine Mistress Catherine
Mistress Delilah Mistress Delilah
Mistress Natasha Mistress Natasha
Mistress Raven Mistress Raven
Elissa Wald Elissa Wald ... Herself / Client (as Jessie)
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Peitsche der Pandora See more »

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Lafayette Films See more »
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This film was originally made as part of HBO's America Undercover (1983) series, but released theatrically the following year. See more »

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References Teaserama (1955) See more »

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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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good but not challenging
4 February 1999 | by petshopSee all my reviews

A slight documentary following the mistresses of Pandora's Box, a fetish palace in New York City. Broomfield has filmed some fascinating subjects and a taboo topic, but seems to have learned very little himself.

He still plays on his own ignorance to illicit a sort of repulsion from his audiences. People in the know will recognize the misrepresentation, those who are not will be effectively manipulated. The film is never about understanding or demystifying fetishes and the people who are into them. The subjects of the film try to push Broomfield in that direction. But his repulsion and lack of respect for his subjects comes through in the end.

Nevertheless, the subjects of the film have won out despite the director and make for compelling viewing. For a better, more personalized examination of the S&M scene, check out Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan Supermasochist.


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