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Release Date:
14 November 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Masterpiece of Bizarre Love That Stormed France. A Portrait of Love and Submission to Disorder the Senses See more »
Plot:
The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A bizarre, dreamlike fairytale See more (32 total) »

Cast

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Corinne Cléry ... O

Udo Kier ... Rene
Anthony Steel ... Sir Stephen

Jean Gaven ... 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)
Eva Carson ... Monique
Sylvie Olivier ... Claire
Bernard Jeantet ... Florent
Jean-François Mathieu ... Regis
Stéphane Macha ... Georges
Vladimir Brajovic ... Master III
Judith Novak ... Madeline
Gabriel Briand ... Master lV
Alain Jarry
Caroline Baudry
Puce
Vibeke Knudsen ... Model in photo-studio
Roger Trapp
Pin Pin
Michèle Montel ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Schootemeyer ... Master V (uncredited)

Directed by
Just Jaeckin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dominique Aury  novel (as Pauline Réage)
Sébastien Japrisot 

Produced by
Claude Giroux .... associate producer
Gérard Lorin .... producer
Éric Rochat .... executive producer
Éric Rochat .... producer
 
Original Music by
Pierre Bachelet 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Fraisse 
Yves Rodallec 
 
Film Editing by
Francine Pierre 
 
Art Direction by
Jean-Baptiste Poirot 
 
Set Decoration by
Olivier Paultre 
 
Costume Design by
Tan Giudicelli 
 
Makeup Department
Patrick Ales .... hair stylist
Aïda Carange .... makeup artist
Florence Fouquier D'Herouel .... makeup artist (as Florence Fouquier)
Eric Wackers .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Roger Fleytoux .... production manager
Sylvain Hecht .... unit manager
François Menny .... unit manager
Patrick Poubel .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
André Delacroix .... assistant director
Christine Gozlan .... assistant director
Jean-Louis Lapassade .... assistant director
Yvon Sassiaud .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Catherine Dubeau .... sound editor
J.C. Duval .... sound
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... sound effects
Élisabeth Parnière .... sound editor
Gina Pignier .... sound editor
Claude Plouganou .... sound editor
Alex Pront .... sound
Laurent Quaglio .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Georges Pierre .... still photographer
Yves Rodallec .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Matt Camison .... music arranger
Matt Camison .... musical director
 
Other crew
Colette Crochot .... script supervisor
Jean-Philippe Dupont .... location manager
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Histoire d'O" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for sexual content.
Runtime:
Australia:105 min (2000 uncut re-release) | USA:97 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:R | Denmark:16 | Finland:(Banned) | Netherlands:18 | New Zealand:R18 | New Zealand:(Banned) (1978-2003) (cinema release) | Norway:18 (video) (1987) | Norway:(Banned) (1978-2003) (cinema release) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:NC-17 | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18

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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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Most of the times that O's being whipped, there is no sound of the whip hitting her body.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Tod eines Weltstars (1994) (TV)See more »

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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A bizarre, dreamlike fairytale, 13 January 2007
Author: Pinku_Eiga from Deutschland

As a teen I thought "Story of O" was a brilliant and strange masterpiece of erotic cinema. Today I can see it as a very pretty, although flawed work. Corinne Clery is good in the role of 'O', the delicately pretty young fashion photographer who initially wants nothing more than to be a slave to her lover, Rene. The film's opening scenes are impressive, to say the least. O's abduction in the Rolls Royce and her trip to Roissy, is a soft-focus wet dream, accompanied by lush, romantic music and beautiful surroundings. Roissy is a mens club, filled with beautiful, submissive women who only exist to please the members of this exclusive, other-worldly place. Roissy is a bit like a convent, very Gothic, where the women whisper and are dressed in garments that keep their sex on constant display. The sets are glorious; O's bed is covered with animal furs, and everywhere crystal chandeliers glitter in soft focus enchantment. While at Roissy O learns how to be an obedient slave, but she possesses a proud quality, bordering on arrogance, that she cannot always disguise. This quality is detected by some of the men, who develop strong feelings for her. The way Clery plays the part, as a submissive who is also aware of her power is very well done. O becomes steadily stronger as the film progresses, and after a time, her 'masters' begin to doubt their own power, as they realize that their desire for 'O' gives her the upper hand. It is at times fascinating to watch the tables turn, and to see the subtle changes in the story's heroine, as she begins to recognize her own power, and becomes more self-confidant because of it. Those who don't pay attention, and only look at the images of women in chains, being whipped, might mistake 'Story of O' for being sexist, when in fact, this is more of a feminist film in many ways. It has to be remembered that although the book was written by a woman, the film was directed by a man. Just Jaeckin was first and foremost a fashion photographer, who had quite an obsession for the beautiful female form. He is responsible for some of the most well-known erotic films to emerge from the 70's to early 80's, bringing famous erotic novels to the screen. Jaeckin has an eye for aesthetic beauty, and it is evident in "Story of O'. But at times it seems that he is more interested in soft focus female nudity than in the deeper meaning behind these classics. "Story of O' is certainly a cult classic, despite it being a flawed picture. For the most part it has dated better than "Emmanuelle", although a couple scenes are now unintentionally funny, such as a photo shoot featuring a model dressed in a Mickey Mouse top and swinging a light bulb to tacky 70's music. But that is just a 1 minute scene in a film that for the most part looks wonderful. Pierre Bachelet's lush score is gorgeous, romantic and haunting. There is now a wonderful DVD from France, which features two different versions of the film. The first is the English dubbed version, which i basically grew up watching. The dubbing is acceptable, and this version is around 10 minutes shorter. The longer, French language version with English subtitles is also contained here. Initially I was looking forward to seeing this more 'complete' version, but in the end was disappointed, as the new scenes were mostly of 'O' pouting and being coy with Rene, and even being whiny and immature. I understand why these scenes were cut, as they take away greatly from 'O's mystique. Showing less of her human side made her seem stronger, kind of 'otherworldy', not so much like a real woman, but rather like an unattainable heroine. Therefore I prefer the slightly cut version, even though it features the inferior English track. But the DVD is terrific, and offers the opportunity to see both versions and decide for yourself. As a side note, I must mention the character 'Nora', Sir Stephans maid; Wonderful casting; she is the most frightening character of all, somehow, and watching her relationship with 'O' develop from hatred and distrust, to this strange bond that the two women begin to share, which is expressed solely through eye contact, with few words spoken. These little details are so important. Fans of the book might miss the character Natalie, the young girl that is introduced late in the story. Perhaps including such a young girl in a film of this kind was a bit too much for censors in those days. Although not as strong as Radley Metzger's "The Image", I do recommend "Story of O". In all it's strangeness and otherworldly quality, it can be seen as a fairytale for adults. Like Alice In Wonderland, only the white rabbit is carrying a whip instead of a gold watch. It might be flawed somewhat, but it certainly is considered a cult classic, as well as a milestone of erotic cinema!

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