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The Story of O (1975)
"Histoire d'O" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  14 November 1975 (USA)
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The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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O
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Rene
Anthony Steel ...
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Pierre
Christiane Minazzoli ...
Anne-Marie
Martine Kelly ...
Therese
Jean-Pierre Andréani ...
Eric, master II
Gabriel Cattand ...
The commander
Li Sellgren ...
Jacqueline (a model)
Albane Navizet ...
Andree
Nadine Perles ...
Jeanne
Laure Moutoussamy ...
Norah, the maid
Henri Piégay ...
Master I
Alain Noury ...
Ivan
Florence Cayrol ...
Yvonne (as Jehanne Blaise)
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Storyline

The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O to his step-brother, Sir Stephen... Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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The Masterpiece of Bizarre Love That Stormed France. A Portrait of Love and Submission to Disorder the Senses See more »

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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14 November 1975 (USA)  »

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(2000 uncut re-release)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of O was originally offered to Anulka Dziubinska though she declined on the advice of her agent. See more »

Goofs

Most of the times that O's being whipped, there is no sound of the whip hitting her body. See more »

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Referenced in The Story of Joanna (1975) See more »

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1 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just Jaeckin's film version of the celebrated novel by Pauline Reage manages to completely miss the point of her work (by changing the ending, specifically), but taken purely as a movie has a certain amount of interest.

Corrine Clery plays 'O', a photographer who is taken by her boyfriend Rene (Udo Kier) to a sado-masochistic den where she willingly submits to physical and sexual abuse. 'O's motivation was much more obvious within the novel, but here it is secondary to the titallating spectacle of soft porn. Clery is not really the ideal 'O', either, her looks being too idealistic and her acting just too bad.

After a spell in the academy which serves to turn her into a total submissive she is practically sold on to Sir Stephen (50s pin-up Anthony Steel, of all people!) who is even more depraved and dominating than anyone else she has met. Perhaps the strongest sections of the film concern 'O's relationship with Sir S, but I wasn't convinced by the changed ending (powerful though it was from a movie standpoint). The cinematography is also attractive, particularly in its use of colour, and the French language version adds a certain mystique to the story.


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