Fetishes (film)

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Fetishes documentary DVD.jpg
DVD cover for Fetishes
Directed by Nick Broomfield
Produced by Nick Broomfield
Written by Nick Broomfield
Starring Mistress Beatrice
Mistress Catherine
Mistress Delilah
Mistress Natasha
Mistress Raven
Music by Jaimie Muhoberac
Cinematography Christophe Lanzenberg
Edited by William C. Carruth
Distributed by HBO
Release date
Running time
84 min
Language English

Fetishes is a 1996 documentary by Nick Broomfield filmed at Pandora's Box, one of New York City's most luxurious SM/fetish parlours. The film contains interviews with professional dominatrices and their clients including the New York filmmaker Maria Beatty.

The documentary opens with black and white footage from an Irving Klaw film depicting models, including Bettie Page, wearing fetish attire. Nick Broomfield and his film crew then arrive at Pandora's Box on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue and are given a tour of the facility by Mistress Raven, including the dungeon and the medical room. The rest of the documentary consists of the following eight chapters:

  • Slaves
  • Mistresses
  • Rubber fetish
  • Wrestling fetish
  • Corporal punishment
  • Masochism
  • Infantilism
  • Socio-political fetishes

The film was produced in the United Kingdom and was originally made for HBO. It was released in the United States on DVD, (runtime 84 minutes, in colour), and more recently as part of Nick Broomfield's 'Documenting Icons' box set. A full, uncut version with additional archive material is also available in the UK.

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