|Von Sternberg, Dietrich|
|Dietrich as Helen Faraday|
|...a bevy of SM chorus girls in black lingerie for backup...|
|...and finally mother|
The whole film and indeed the six films are a single excercise not only in the relationship of the two and the nature of image, fetish and desire (which they are) but a statement of "what is cinema" in terms of the actor as a supreme auteur, not the least in creaing the "image" of "reality".