The Paris Brothel

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History Documentary hosted by Saskia Portway, published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Storyville series in 2003 - English narration

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An exploration of Paris' 'maison close', the unique state-authorised, high-class brothels that Napoleon set up and which existed until 1948. Mark Kidel's astonishing film recaptures a lost French tradition. Nowadays it would simply be called sex tourism; but in the 1920s and 30s people did speak about brothels with awe. These were enormous facilities, often with a restaurant conveniently situated downstairs. Many French women, including Edith Piaf serviced the clientele, which was rich and French, as well as rich and foreign. Of course there were cheaper brothels for working men. George Orwell's remark that 1930s France was "midway between a museum and a brothel" turns out to have been literally true. But this is a wonderful film because it tells you about the French attitude. What other culture would have the courage or indifference to establish the sex trade at its heart? A Calliope Media production for the BBC in association with ARTE France, SBS-TV Australia, YLE Finland and Czech Television

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 866 kbps
Video Resolution: 720x400
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.800:1
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 224kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 58:15.000
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 458 MB
Ripped by: unknown

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