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Didn't Do It For Love

Didn't Do It For Love

Didn't Do It For Love is a portrait of Eva Norvind alias Mistress Ava Taurel, born Eva Johanne Chegodaieva Sakonskaya, the daughter of a Russian prince and a Finnish sculpturess in Trondheim, Norway. The film recounts the phases in her adventurous life-story: from the early success as a showgirl in Paris and Quebec, as a Nordic Marilyn Monroe in the Mexican B-movies of the Sixties and, finally, as the most famous dominatrix in New York during the Eighties. Eva Norvind studied Forensic Psychology to be able to help sexual offenders as well as a way of searching for the dark secret of her own sexuality. It is the story of an odyssey through the wilderness of sexuality that has not yet reached its destination.


Monika Treut was born in Moenchengladbach in 1954 and studied Literature and Politics at the University of Marburg, graduating with a PhD in 1982. A selection of her films includes: SEDUCTION: THE CRUEL WOMAN (1985), VIRGIN MACHINE (1988), MY FATHER IS COMING (1991), FEMALE MISBEHAVIOR (1992), EROTIQUE (1994), DANISH GIRLS SHOW EVERYTHING (1996), DIDN'T DO IT FOR LOVE (1997), GENDERNAUTS (1999), WARRIOR OF LIGHT (2002), ENCOUNTER WITH WERNER SCHROETER (2003), JUMP CUT – A TRAVEL DIARY (2004), TIGERWOMEN GROW WINGS (2005), MADE IN TAIWAN (2005), GHOSTED (2009), THE RAW AND THE COOKED (2012), and OF GIRLS AND HORSES (2014). In between films, she serves as a visiting professor at colleges and universities in the US.
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1997
Director Monika Treut
Screenplay Monika Treut
Cinematography Ekkehart Pollack, Christopher Landerer
Eric Marciano, Jeff Lunger
Georg Kajanus
Cast Georg Kajanus, Eva Norvind, Gerald O\'Neal, Maria Beatty, Jose-Luis Cuevas, Nicholas Echeverria, Juan Ferrara, Juan Jose Gurrola, Luz Maria Rojas, Liisa Simola, Veronica Vera, Barbara White
Producer Irene von Alberti
Production Company Filmgalerie 451
Length 80 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Sound Technology Mono, Optical
Festivals Toronto 1997, Berlinale 1998 (Panorama), Melbourne 1998, Rio de Janeiro 1998, Stockholm 1998, Taipei/Taiwan 1998
Awards Toronto HotDocs 2005
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Wand 5/Stuttgart

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