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    Published in Paris in 1954, “Story of O” was an immediate best-seller and literary scandal: an elegantly written S&M fantasy that had all the hallmarks of being an autobiographical account of outrageous erotic exploits, written by the pseudonymous Pauline Réage. In 1994, Dominique Aury, a mild-mannered editor for France’s prestigious Gallimard press, revealed her authorship.
    Pola Rapaport explores Aury’s inspiration, recreating the world of ‘50s literary Paris and setting it against dramatic sequences that bring the infamous book to life.
    The author as well as various French intellectuals expound on the thorny relationship between sexuality and power, submission and freedom, liberation and non-being. Even today, “Story of O” mystifies in its power and confounds in its contradictions. In Aury’s own words: “Purest love demands frightful submission. The prison itself can open the gates to freedom.” [--from Film Forum program notes]
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    "Morocco" sequence from the award-winning film BROKEN MEAT
    A film by Pola Rapaport
    With Alan Granville and Robert Attanasio
    DP Wolfgang Held
    Music by Stuart Kollmorgen and Vincent Attanasio
    A trip along the seamy edges of New York City and a voyage through the
    consciousness of the mad beat poet Alan Granville. BROKEN MEAT
    captures Alan's New York, stripped of its glittering surface: a strange, deserted place.
    A comic nihilist who trashes sensitive social issues, Granville himself has experienced homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness. But his humorous style of describing them succeeds in touching us on emotional, intellectual and philosophical levels.
    Its atmospheric black and white photography, by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held gives the film the beat feeling of the 1950's. Alan's poetry finally leads us to the mysterious salt mountains which evoke freedom and the power of imagination.
    A film that offers the chance to be swept along by a cinematic experience.
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    "Epiphany" sequence from the award-winning film BROKEN MEAT
    A film by Pola Rapaport
    With Alan Granville and Robert Attanasio
    DP Wolfgang Held
    Music by Stuart Kollmorgen and Vincent Attanasio
    A trip along the seamy edges of New York City and a voyage through the
    consciousness of the mad beat poet Alan Granville. BROKEN MEAT
    captures Alan's New York, stripped of its glittering surface: a strange, deserted place.
    A comic nihilist who trashes sensitive social issues, Granville himself has experienced homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness. But his humorous style of describing them succeeds in touching us on emotional, intellectual and philosophical levels.
    Its atmospheric black and white photography, by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held gives the film the beat feeling of the 1950's. Alan's poetry finally leads us to the mysterious salt mountains which evoke freedom and the power of imagination.
    A film that offers the chance to be swept along by a cinematic experience.
    Order the film from polarap@gmail.com

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    Opening of the award-winning film BROKEN MEAT
    A film by Pola Rapaport
    With Alan Granville and Robert Attanasio
    DP Wolfgang Held
    Music by Stuart Kollmorgen and Vincent Attanasio
    A trip along the seamy edges of New York City and a voyage through the
    consciousness of the mad beat poet Alan Granville. BROKEN MEAT
    captures Alan's New York, stripped of its glittering surface: a strange, deserted place.
    A comic nihilist who trashes sensitive social issues, Granville himself has experienced homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness. But his humorous style of describing them succeeds in touching us on emotional, intellectual and philosophical levels.
    Its atmospheric black and white photography, by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held gives the film the beat feeling of the 1950's. Alan's poetry finally leads us to the mysterious salt mountains which evoke freedom and the power of imagination.
    A film that offers the chance to be swept along by a cinematic experience.
    Order the film from polarap@gmail.com

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  5. Since its overwhelming success at its first public performance in the late 1960s, HAIR has inspired generations with its messages of love, non-violence and liberation. Full of the music of HAIR, the documentary presents its still radical point of view, as author Jim Rado rehearses a troupe of young performers for a new production. Their vibrant energy brings HAIR’s fantastic score to life once again.

    The film profiles the creative team of HAIR, and many of the incredible performing talents that emerged from the musical: Keith Carradine, Melba Moore, Ben Vereen, and Tim Curry. In informal interviews and in performance, the film presents the exhilaration as well as the tragedies that they experienced in their connection with HAIR.

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The Films of Pola Rapaport
POLA RAPAPORT is New York-based writer/director/editor of many award-winning films. Her work includes “Subway: The Musical”; “Hair: Let the Sun Shine In”; “Writer of O,” on the elusive author of erotic novel Story of O; “Family…


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The Films of Pola Rapaport
POLA RAPAPORT is New York-based writer/director/editor of many award-winning films. Her work includes “Subway: The Musical”; “Hair: Let the Sun Shine In”; “Writer of O,” on the elusive author of erotic novel Story of O; “Family Secret,” the story of discovering of her secret Romanian brother; “Blind Light,” doc/drama of a photographer’s peak experience in an Italian villa, starring Edie Falco; and “Broken Meat,” on the mad poet Alan Granville. Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Emmy nominee for sound editing, and winner of numerous grants and awards. She has edited several feature documentaries. A graduate of NYU, she is married to DP Wolfgang Held.

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