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A documentary portrait of Eva Norvind, aka Mistress Ava Taurel, born Eva Johanne Chegodaieva Sakonskaya in Trondheim, Norway. The film follows Eva’s many careers, from her time as a showgirl in Paris to her transformation into Mexico’s Marilyn Monroe in the 1960s, and culminating with her establishing herself as New York’s most famous dominatrix in the 1980s. Using clips from Norvind’s Mexican films, stills from various periods, and interviews with friends, partners, and family, Treut’s documentary traces Eva’s search for the wellspring of her obsessive and dark sexuality.

“Treut has always aimed her camera at the front lines of the sexual avant-garde. But with her latest documentary she’s managed to leap across the socio-sexual battlefield as never before. […] Armed with more present lives than Shirley MacLaine has past ones, Norvind is as eloquent as she is paradoxical.” –David Ehrenstein, New Times

Presented as part of the film series Female Misbehavior: The Films of Monika Treut and Elfi Mikesch, in collaboration with Anthology Film Archives and Salzgeber Club

Didn't Do It for Love
Dir. Monika Treut
1997, 80 minutes, 16mm-to-DCP

With Eva Norvind, Georg Kajanus, Barbie Wilde