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      Fetishes: Mistresses and Domination at Pandora's Box

      Released May 9, 1997 1h 24m Documentary List
      43% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 47% Audience Score 50+ Ratings In this documentary, filmmaker Nick Broomfield spends eight weeks at Pandora's Box, a pricey bondage establishment located in New York City. There Broomfield interviews the professional dominatrixes, who give details about their own experiences with bondage and sexual fetishes. The women are then filmed working with their wealthy, often white-collar clients, who openly provide psychological insight into the nature of their own masochistic desires. Read More Read Less

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      Bill Stamets Chicago Reader Despite Broomfield’s insistence on access to the inner sanctum of Pandora’s Box, he never has enough nerve or imagination to join in the role-playing. Rated: 1/4 Jun 15, 2022 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 2/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Fascinating, horrifying, funny and sad. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com Broomfield's movie doesn't deliver on its promise. Rated: 2/5 Oct 10, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 26, 2005 Full Review Brandon Judell PopcornQ Rated: 3/5 May 8, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Honest, slightly brutal- overall a playful history of the Fetish world. Broomfield presents to us a candid memoir, for a whole 'other' sexual dimension. ...my favorite part is the infantilism segment. Amazzzzzing! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Best off as a one off on C4. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member These people are crazy! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield is given access to one of New York City's largest BDSM community playgrounds aptly called Pandora's Box but only manages to scratch the surface (no pun intended) of what makes these unique men and women tick. While the film succeeds at proving eroticism is in the eye of the beholder it will likely only engage those same aforementioned audiences. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting, yet the director has a clearly biased attitude. He spends most of the film trying to get the Mistresses to admit their aversion to men and "obvious" Lesbianism. He is ignorant beyond words and the questions posed are both leading and male-centric. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member At times, made me highly uncomfortable, which I love. Available on Hulu Plus; check it! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In this documentary, filmmaker Nick Broomfield spends eight weeks at Pandora's Box, a pricey bondage establishment located in New York City. There Broomfield interviews the professional dominatrixes, who give details about their own experiences with bondage and sexual fetishes. The women are then filmed working with their wealthy, often white-collar clients, who openly provide psychological insight into the nature of their own masochistic desires.
      Director
      Nick Broomfield
      Producer
      Nick Broomfield, Michele d'Acosta
      Screenwriter
      Nick Broomfield
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 9, 1997, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 8, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 24m
      Sound Mix
      Stereo