A Dirty Story

A Dirty Story

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Production year1977
A Dirty Story


    A group of friends listen as one man tells them a story about a time when, in a small cafe, he discovered a peephole into the ladies' bathroom and became addicted to looking through it at female genitals. They ask him questions and come to conclusions about sex. This is a filmed, scripted version. Then, the actual person who this happened to relates the same story; this time, however, it is an unscripted documentary, in which the same things occur as in the scripted one.

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    • Type : Short film
    • Genres : Fiction
    • Sub-genre : Comedy
    • Themes : Eroticism
    • Production language : French
    • Production country : France
    • Original French-language productions : Unspecified
    • Nationality : 100% French (France)
    • Production year : 1977
    • Runtime : 28 min
    • Visa number : 47803
    • Visa issue date : 15/05/1991
    • Production formats : 35mm
    • Color type : Color
    • Aspect ratio : 1.33
    • Audio format : Mono
    • Rating restrictions : None

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    In A Dirty Story Jean Eustache presents the same story of storytelling twice: once in documentary fashion, filmed his friend Jean-Noël Picq in 16mm black and white, and a second time in 35mm color with the actor Michael Lonsdale reciting the same lines. Eustache invited his Jean-Noël Picq to sit down with a group of people to recount in detail how once, in the men’s room of a Parisian restaurant, he found a hole in the wall and peered through to a perfect view of the ladies’ room. In order to test his contention that the actor would prove more convincing than the real-life storyteller, Eustache placed the fictional version first. While the film never shows anything more shocking than a man talking, French censors gave the film an X rating, proving Eustache’s claim that “sex has nothing to do with morals, not even with aesthetics; sex is a metaphysical affair.”

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