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 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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This film was originally made as part of HBO's America Undercover (1983) series, but released theatrically the following year.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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Piano Concerto No. 21
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Documentary about curious fantasies
14 January 2001 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

If you want unseemliness then you should see the film that Nick Broomfield didn't make about all the places he researched before dwelling on Pandora's Box. As it is the film, plays on the safe side but does attempt to draw on the underlying motivations for people's curious needs.

The film's conclusion is that the dominatrixes that staff Pandora's Box, a high class brothel on Manhattan's 18th St just off 5th Ave, provide a much needed therapeutic environment. Mistress Raven's pleasuredome is just a good place to let off steam and maybe understand the forces, often found in childhood, that led to your particular quirk. And no it doesn't always have to involve pain.

There is an attempt to categorise people's various addictions: Whether to fabric of one sort or another, corporal punishment, constriction, socio-political roleplay (Jews who like to re-create Nazi fantasies, blacks regressing to the plantation eg.) and so on. Like other attempts in this direction, such as Katherine Gates book Deviant Desires, the filmaker is not exhaustive in his presentation of the full breadth of fetishism. But hey! We do only have an hour and a half.

This film exclusively centers around dominant/submissive themes. It errs on the side of good taste by only addressing the more palatable female dominating men or occasionally other women scenarios.

In short, Pandora's Box turns out to be not such a bad thing to open after all, just as long as you've got plenty of money.


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