ELLEN VON UNWERTH REVENGE


The Players


Tina Davis
as the Baroness


Lenka Batkova
as Laurence a Maid


Svenja Parotat
as Lulu a Maid


Dorota Wójcik
as Veronique a Maid


Janelle Fishman
as Emily


Sarabeth Stroller
as Isabelle


Julie Ordon
as Marie-Louise


Diana Stroessel
as Françoise


Minerva Portillo
as Charlotte


Sheila Ruschell
as Mimi


Micki Olin
as Ivy


Nicole Laliberté
as Sarah


Travis Mashall
as Eric the Chauffer


Karim Bekka
as the Stable Boy


Preface

Although Mme. Vidor survived the cable-car crash that devastated the family dynasty, her husband, his ex, her brother and his wife did not. As a consequence of this she is left sole guardian to the latter’s offspring. In addition to her own trio of Françoise, Charlotte, and Isabelle, her household now includes Emily, Marie-Louise, and Ivy from her husband’s previous marriage, and her brother’s two daughters, Mimi and Sarah.

Weakened by shock, Mme. Vidor finds herself unable to exercise the parental discipline now lacking in the girls’ lives. She reluctantly lets the care of her unruly charges slip into the hands of her stepsister, the Baroness, a woman the girls hardly know and about whom diabolical rumours abound.

The Baroness, for her part, is eager to take charge of the girls. Her long-held dislike of her stepsister sharpens her desire to discipline and control the new arrivals. Indeed, she would hardly have agreed to the arrangement had she not had an appalling ulterior motive. Her late husband’s debts, guaranteed against the estate, have meant severe cuts in staff, and she feels sure her stepsister could not object to the girls–how shall it be put–‘earning their keep.’

The girls’ vivid recollections of their aunt’s splendid masqued balls–though they had been too young to attend them–influence their packing. Casting off woollens and sensible shoes they fill their trunks to overflowing with taffeta gowns, stiletto heels, garter belts, stockings and lace….


Chapter 1: The Arrival

As extracts from the Vidor Diaries will show, such memories as had blossomed in their girlish hearts withered quickly once under the dilapidated yet imposing edifice of the chateau. « …it is not as gay as I recall », writes Mimi, « but at least the chauffer is very handsome and I caught him staring at my legs as he helped me from the auto… »



Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid (left); Tina Davis as the Baroness.


Janelle Fishman as Emily; Travis Marshall as Eric the Chauffer


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Tina Davis as the Baroness, Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid, Janelle Fishman as Emily, & Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle

Chapter 2: The Garden

All morning as the girls shed their clothes in the heat, Marie Louise complains of prying eyes through the trees. Mimi suggests it is the men folk of the village, news of their arrival having no doubt spread quickly through the district. Incensed, their modesty already forsaken, they embark on an erotic medley of lewd lesbian acts by which they hope to give them more than that for which they bargained.


Janelle Fishman as Emily; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily


Janelle Fishman as Emily


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Diana Stroessel as Françoise


Svenja Parotat as Lulu a Maid


Diana Stroessel as Françoise


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily


Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily


Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily


Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily


Svenja Parotat as Lulu a Maid


Janelle Fishman as Emily; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Diana Stroessel as Françoise


Janelle Fishman as Emily; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Diana Stroessel as Françoise


Janelle Fishman as Emily;
Diana Stoessel as Françoise


Diana Stoessel as Françoise


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Svenja Parotat as Lulu a Maid; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Svenja Parotat as Lulu a Maid


Janelle Fishman as Emily


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Janelle Fishman as Emily; Diana Stoessel as Françoise


Chapter 3: Baroness’s Journal

Ingenious, the spy holes my ex-husband devised through which to watch the maids undress. This facility allows me to watch my sweet Veronique at her toilette. Ah Veronique, you are so obedient, so unquestioning, and yet, do you know my maltreatment of you is all can offer as love? Though I yearn to tell you this, I cannot. Moreover, when I call you to my attendance, I know this very inability will provoke a more than usual amount of my displeasure.


Tina Davis as The Baronness


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Tina Davis as The Baronness; Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Tina Davis as The Baronness


Chapter 4: Capture

It is not hard for Eric the Chauffeur to lure the girls into captivity, he is indeed aided in tying them to the old flogging posts by the girls’ own lack of inhibitions; convincing them it is all just a game in which if they would only humour him he will favour one or all with something more than a kiss.


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle;
Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer;
& Janelle Fishman as Emily


Tina Davis as The Baroness; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle;
Janelle Fishman as Emily; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer


Tina Davis as The Baroness; Janelle Fishman as Emily;
Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer


Tina Davis as The Baroness; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Svenja Parotat as Lulu a Maid


Chapter 5: Degradation Anyone?

Extract from the secret journal of Emily:

It has all been a horrible trick, our invitation here was one into slavery. The beastly chauffeur, whose attentions I can’t believe I encouraged, smirked as the Baroness ripped off our clothes. Now we are forced to work in shameful underwear and very high heels that make a dash for the road impossible. Also the locals are all inbred and to throw oneself on their mercy wearing only froufrou bra and panties is to invite disaster. One would rather stay here and be whipped!


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Diana Stroessel as Françoise;
Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Janelle Fishman as Emily


Janelle Fishman as Emily; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer


Tina Davis as the Baroness


Janelle Fishman as Emily


Janelle Fishman as Emily; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Tina Davis as the Baroness


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Janelle Fishman as Emily;
Tina Davis as the Baroness


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Chapter 6: The Education of Marie-Louise Part 1

Extract from the journal of Eric the Chauffeur:

I have chained the one called Marie-Louise to a radiator in a tiny room. The room is stifling with no window open and to increase her discomfort I have turned up the radiator full so that in some way its hissing and sharp metallic clicks should somehow remind her of the sound of my return.


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louis


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Tina Davis as the Baroness


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Tina Davis as the Baroness


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise


Chapter 7: Restraint

Continued from the Baroness’s Journal:

I assembled the girls into the radiator room so that they may witness one-another’s punishments. They do say, do they not, that anticipation of pain is much worse than pain itself. No doubt when Eric has finished with them they will be in a position to inform me if this is really so.


Janelle Fishman as Emily


Janelle Fishman as Emily


Diana Stoessel as Françoise


Janelle Fishman as Emily


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise;
Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Chapter 8: Isabelle

For her infractions, I am obliged to reduce Isabelle’s meals still further. A saucer of curdled milk in the morning and stale bread for supper. These victuals will be served on the flags of the scullery where the hounds are fed. In between times–as she has shown herself useless at even the simplest domestic chore–it is to be hoped she fairs better this evening as a foot stool for my guests.


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Svenja Parotat as Lulu a Maid


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Chapter 9: Discipline

This evening I declared Eric and Laurence might take leave to use the girls for their own caprices. However, I had sudden misgivings the girls might manipulate the situation to escape, and was about to change my mind when I saw the appalling look of lustful intent upon Eric’s features… and I could hardly refuse. Stipulating only that the girls remain tightly secured throughout their ordeal.


Diana Stoessel as Françoise


Diana Stoessel as Françoise


Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer


Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer


Diana Stoessel as Françoise


Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle


Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Lenka Batkova as Laurence a Maid


Chapter 10: The Stable

From the secret diary of Isabelle:

Since being banished to the outhouses time has taken on a surreal quality. After our morning chores we are sometimes permitted to doze with the horses. At night, however we are kept awake by the attentions of the stable boy who floods the manger with electric light under which we have to « Do things to each other » as he puts it, in his singularly grubby way.


Karim Bekka as the Stable Boy


Minerva Portillo as Charlotte; Nicole Laliberté as Sarah

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Minerva Portillo as Charlotte; Nicole Laliberté as Sarah


Nicole Laliberté as Sarah; Minerva Portillo as Charlotte


Minerva Portillo as Charlotte; Lenka Batkova as Laurence a Maid


Minerva Portillo as Charlotte
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Minerva Portillo as Charlotte


Minerva Portillo as Charlotte


Nicole Laliberté as Sarah


Nicole Laliberté as Sarah; Lenka Batkova as Laurence a Maid


Nicole Laliberté as Sarah


Nicole Laliberté as Sarah


Nicole Laliberté as Sarah


Chapter 11: The Education of Marie-Louise Part 2

The Baroness spends all her days with Veronique, leaving Eric and I free hand to discipline the girls. On my part, I must confess, the perverse pleasure I derive from punishing the one called Marie-Louise. Even if she has committed no irregularity and invokes my pity with her tears or her cries, I simply employ the gag or the blindfold to indicate that these matters are of no consequence to my whim.


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise & Svenja Parotat as Lulu a Maid


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Lenka Batkova as Laurence a Maid


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Lenka Batkova as Laurence a Maid


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Lenka Batkova as Laurence a Maid


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise

Chapter 12: Liberty

While plying Emily with champagne, Eric himself has passed out. Kept sober, however, by the dread of Eric’s brutal lust, Emily spies the keys slip from his slumbering grip to rest invitingly in his lap. Spying the opportunity for escape, she slowly lowers her trembling mouth to Eric’s crotch for what she hopes will be the last time.


Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer


Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily


Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Janelle Fishman as Emily


Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer


Janelle Fishman as Emily


Janelle Fishman as Emily


Janelle Fishman as Emily


Janelle Fishman as Emily


Janelle Fishman as Emily; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle;
Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Diana Stroessel as Françoise


Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Tina Davis as the Baroness; Lenka Batkova as Laurence a Maid


Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle;
Janelle Fishman as Emily;Diana Stroessel as Françoise

Chapter 13: Revenge

Having liberated themselves from the Chateau, thoughts of flight are overtaken by a deadly rancour for the many acts they have been forced to perform at the hands of its hell-born inhabitants. Now having free use of their hands, they feel the raised welts and wealds scored across their thighs and buttocks which read like fiery braille to the touch. These are the hieroglyphs of fate for the Baroness. These are writings on the wall.


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid

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Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid


Chapter 14: The Tables are Turned

« Oh, goodness, » cries the Baroness, « you surely don’t intend to… » « Goodness, » cuts in Charlotte « has nothing to do with it Baroness. You are, as you see, bound by this rope. The other end of which is attached to the bumper of your Rolls in which we intend to return to Paris. We would however, like to give you lift as far as the old stockade on the village green. »


Tina Davis as the Baroness

Chapter 15: Victory

Having immaculate manners, the
girls write a thank you note.

Dear Aunt, after dealing with your miserable staff, it was such fun to watch the peasants discover you naked and dishevelled in the stocks. Though we were at first disappointed that they couldn’t read the sign around your neck asking to be flogged, your constant claims to be the Baroness finally galvanized them into performing their duty. Do hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Love Emily, Isabelle, Marie-Louise, Françoise,
Charlotte, Mimi, Ivy and Sarah.


Micki Olin as Ivy; Janelle Fishman as Emily


Micki Olin as Ivy

 

ELLEN VON UNWERTH: REVENGE

 MARCH – APRIL, 2003

The always provocative Ellen von Unwerth has created a sadomasochistic story told in pictures. A sexy romp in the country, in which three young women arrive at a Baroness’ estate expecting a relaxing weekend, and find something entirely different. In these startingly erotic photos, von Unwerth explores the vocabulary of bondage; the chains, ropes, masks, corsets, and hardware. The participants in the story; the girls, the Baroness, her chauffer, and the stablehand, combines the dark and dangerous along with the fun and games of contemporary life in the fast lane.
It is one of the most famous names in the world of photography. Former model, first to have set a goal on Claudia Schiffer, queen of sensuality, pioneer of porn chic, master of black and white, Ellen Von Unwerth is the world reference in fashion photography. Provocative and glamorous to the extreme, her works are odes with a false beauty vulgar, a privacy falsely offered.
Always the same concern to make live the fantasies, to give life to utopia. His film for Dior, I Found My Love In Portofino, very noticed, is a dream of which it is difficult to detach and which one does not want to wake up.
His trailer for Sex and the City is a fine example of Ellen Von Unwerth’s work. The woman is magnified, strong and fatal, giving up her status to marry an emancipated but fragile romanticism. An approach that can recall that of the great Helmut Newton.
The staging qualities of the woman quickly make Ellen Von Unwerth a must for major brands. For Lacoste, twenty seconds are enough to make the model, Mari¬a Gregerson, an archetype of emancipated woman. The decade that the photographer spent on the catwalks now allows her to shoot the beauties of this world like no other. The artist knows how to protect by unveiling, reinforcing by laying bare. A rare art.
Ellen Von Unwerth touches on the essence of filmmaking and photography with her paradoxes. This art of turning the world around a goal, to stage, to artificially create a universe to capture reality. This art, paradoxical in essence, Ellen masters it to perfection, almost naturally. And women, themselves, beings of paradox, thank him for it.
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