Maestro of sexual fantasy and pleasure, Tinto Brass, sets this joyous erotic comedy in the idyllic "age of innocence" in Italy's infamous bordellos. In a masterful combination of provocative showgirl revue, incisive parody, scandalous erotica and tender romance, Madame Colette's delicious brothel becomes the fantastic surreal world where the generously endowed Mimma takes her first steps as lady-of-the-night "Paprika". Amazingly, Paprike falls in love with he first client - Franco, a young naval officer - but despite this attraction she begins her own orgiastic ascent eventually residing in the most illustrious brothels in the country. In her own way though, Paprika manages to stay faithful to Franco, her first true love. By the time the bordellos are closed by a new law, Paprika is a wealthy, respectable countess and in a position to fulfil her love of Franco.