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The Story of O (1975)

Cast: Corinne Clery, Corinne Clery, Udo Kier, more...
Director: Just Jaeckin, Just Jaeckin
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Genre: Cult, Drama, Foreign, Romance, France, S/M, Erotica
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Based on the best-selling novel by Dominique Aury (who wrote it under the pen name "Pauline Reage"), this erotic tale of sexual dominance and submission was directed by Just Jaeckin, who was following his success as the creator of another softcore erotic film, Emmanuelle (1974). French fashion photographer O (Corinne Clery) is spirited away by her boyfriend Rene (Udo Kier) to a retreat where she is imprisoned by a jailer, Pierre (Jean Gaven), whose job is to beat her when she is disobedient. O is outfitted in garb that makes her sexually available to a variety of anonymous partners, the entire episode designed to prove Rene's love for and possession of O. Pierre's task is to break her spirit and make her submissive, but he does not entirely succeed. Returned to Paris, O resumes her life with Rene, their relationship strengthened by the experience. Rene jeopardizes their future, however, by attempting to "give" O to his stepbrother, Sir Stephen (Anthony Steel), who begins to fall in love with his new prize. After the early 1980s explosion in the video rental market, the film was followed by a sequel, Histoire d'O: Chapitre 2 (1984). ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Dated, but still a classic by slefebu April 30, 2004 - 11:44 AM PDT
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3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The book, now in 2 translations, is a masterpiece as reviewed by Susan Sontag to spite the extreme wing of the feminist movement, which was outraged to discover that the author was truly a woman, writing as Pauline Reage. The film ignores the sequel, "Return to the Chateau" but adequately covers the Story of O book itself. I know several women who have found it highly erotic and a door-opener into the bdsm scene.
Much better than the "Story of O" softcore series which followed it and ignored the book entirely.

"O" Strikes Out by TheBeat February 10, 2004 - 11:39 AM PST
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4 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Typical 1970s porn film. Lots of womens breasts showing throughout. Supposedly portrays the S&M subculture described in the book. While ther is explicit scenes of whipping and branding, the movie never really gives any idea why anyone is interested in doing anyof the kinkier stuff. 'O' especially. And the guys who are dominating her seem pretty bored and lifeless.

If you are interested in seeing something of the darker side of sex, check out the film, "Secretary"(2002), with James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The nudity only comes at the end, though.




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