Love for Sale

Love for Sale

11 Episodes

Courtesans and hustlers, gangsters’ molls and pimps. Enter the murky, salacious world of the sex trade as seen through the eyes of nine master filmmakers.

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Love for Sale
  • Introducing Love for Sale

    Episode 1

  • Casque d'or

    Episode 2

    Directed by Jacques Becker • 1952 • France

    Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the belle epoque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster's moll Marie (Simone Signoret) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Serge Reggiani), their passion incites an underworld rivalry tha...

  • The Life of Oharu

    Episode 3

    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1952 • Japan

    Life's unfairness to women, and the sad lot of a prostitute (Kinuyo Tanaka) in medieval Japan seldom looked more seductively lyrical or compelling as in Kenji Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu. Based on a 17th century play, the movie also carried added reso...

  • Lola Montès

    Episode 4

    Directed by Max Ophuls • 1955 • France, West Germany

    LOLA MONTÈS is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the first time, vibrant color, Max Ophul...

  • Street of Shame

    Episode 5

    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1956 • Japan

    For his final film, Mizoguchi brought a lifetime of experience to bear on the heartbreaking tale of a brothel full of women whose dreams are constantly being shattered by the socioeconomic realities surrounding them. Set in Tokyo's Red Light District (t...

  • Vivre sa vie

    Episode 6

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1962 • France

    Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard's greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to...

  • Belle de jour

    Episode 7

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1967 • France

    Catherine Deneuve's porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress's most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream...

  • Fox and His Friends

    Episode 8

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1975 • West Germany

    A lottery win leads not to financial and emotional freedom but to social captivity, in this wildly cynical classic about love and exploitation by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Casting himself against type, the director plays a suggestible wo...

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    Episode 9

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • Belgium

    A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman's JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELL meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner ...

  • Lola
    Episode 10


    Episode 10

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1981 • Germany

    Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute (Barbara Sukowa) exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out--she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor (Mario Adorf)...

  • Mala Noche

    Episode 11

    Directed by Gus Van Sant • 1985 • United States

    With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant’s debut feature MALA NOCHE heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, the film evokes a world o...