The Marquesa...Portrait of a Dominatrix
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This documentary sets the focus sharply on the often maligned and misunderstood world of sadomasochism. It gives us a glimpse into the life of The Marquesa, a Dominatrix who guides us through the SM community and its rituals and motivations.The Marquesa explores and examines her own relationship to SM, and to the submissives that make the scenes possible. The video dismantles the myths and fallacies surrounding the practice by a straightforward and frank discussion.

1997
Canada
60:06
Original language
English

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Credits

Direction
Karen Young
Participants
The Marquesa
Justice Cross
Boy Brian
Hot Buns
Maitresse Noire
Slave
Dyke David
Baby Mikey
Lilith M.
Camera
Mike Gibson
Joanne Boreham
Assistant Director
Leslie Thomas
Sound
Chris Romeike
Editing
Su Rynard
Karen Young
Mixing
Phil Strong
Original Score
J. IBsen
Production
Karen Young
KY Media Productions

Technical information

Color
Black and white
Color
Sound
Stereo

Documentation

Further information

Commentary by Claire Valade, Film critic from Quebec

It is particularly interesting that director Karen Young’s meticulous approach to her daring, titillating and controversial subject, sadomasochism, is so composed as to border on the clinical—in other words, her restraint is exemplary. The Marquesa does include some explicit sex, but the film is not provocative or voyeuristic, let alone pornographic. That is a feat in itself, and the film deserves a close viewing, if only to better understand this subculture and its members.

Keywords
Microculture, Submission, Masochism, Pain, Domination, Pleasure