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The Story of O (1975)

Histoire d'O (original title)
NC-17 | | Drama | 14 November 1975 (USA)
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
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for sexual content. | See all certifications »

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(2000 uncut re-release)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally to be directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky and produced by Alan Klien. (Klien had funded Jodorowsky's two previous pictures El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973)) However, Alejandro bailed on the film leaving Alan with the problem of finding a replacement, which he never did. After much trouble with trying to get it off the ground, Klien sold the rights. However, the ordeal spawned a 30 year feud with Jodorowsky and resulted in Klien withholding the rights to El Topo and The Holy Mountain, blocking them from being distributed. The feud was finally settled in 2005. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Narrator: O felt soiled and guilty of the illicit pleasure she'd had in a stranger's arms. But her lover explained that the more he gave her, the more he wanted her. Offering her to another man was proof that he owned her.
Rene: One can only give that which one owns.
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Connections

Followed by Les fruits de la passion (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

O' Comme Histoire D'O
Written and Performed by Pierre Bachelet
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Like Emmanuelle this French movie was critically controversial…
26 September 2008 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

"Story of O" is luxuriant, nicely photographed, and Corinne Clery is quite appealing as a sensual actress…

The film is an adaptation of Pauline Reage's novel about a young girl called O and her entry into the art of loving… The special philosophy here is that women, by nature, are inferior to men and should therefore submit to their every emotion and desire. This is the only way for a woman to find ecstasy…

O falls in love with a practitioner of this doctrine, and is forced to go through quite a lot before he will take her in…

The treatment of eroticism is slow and careful… O is initiated into a house of bondage where the women are playthings for the male clientele… No talking or complaining is permitted... If the rules are broken, they are "punished" in the collar with whips and chains...

One can call this film a lot of things, but "subtle" isn't one of them… Still, it's not overly offensive either, despite its extremely one-sided view of femininity... It does have a seductive quality, and we are attracted into its exotic fact or assumption largely because of Corinne Clery's beauty and sensuality…


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