Saturday, February 27, 2010
forbidden love: angel.
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Pretty Baby is a 1979 film set in the last few months of 1971 when prostitution was legal in the “red-light district” of New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme of the film is child prostitution. Violet, a 12 year old girl, played by Brooke Shields, was the daughter of Hattie, who was a prostitute at the well known elegant home of Madame Nell.
A photographer, Earnest J. Bellocq, visiting the brothel was fascinated by Violet’s beauty, youth and photogenic face and became fixated with her.
Madame Nell auctioned off Violet’s virginity and Violet’s mother, married and moved to St. Louise abandoning Violet in the brothel.
Bellocq, a much older man, married Violet to “save her from the world,” but his motives were questionable.
Brooke Shields was filmed totally nude in the original film, but later edited out.
Lawn Dogs is a 1997 British film filmed in Louisville and Danville, Kentucky and won many awards in Europe. The term “lawn dog” refers to someone who mows lawns. Trent Burns, played by Sam Rockwell, meets a lonely 10-year old girl, Devon Stockard, played by Mischa Barton. Devon lives in a suburban “gated community” in Louisville and is a member of a wealthy family, while Trent lives in a trailer in the woods. They become very good friends and involved in a very adventurous friendship. Trent is an older man, which causes townspeople to suspect him as a child molester, although he is not. The film is critical of so-called gated communities, which are seen as the roots of class hostility and suspicion, which is fuel for violence.