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Histoire d'O
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Release Date:
14 November 1975 (USA) See more »
The Masterpiece of Bizarre Love That Stormed France. A Portrait of Love and Submission to Disorder the Senses See more »
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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Like Emmanuelle this French movie was critically controversial… See more (33 total) »


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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
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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Rated NC-17 for sexual content.
Australia:105 min (2000 uncut re-release) | USA:97 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Christopher Lee turned down the role of Sir Stephen.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Like Emmanuelle this French movie was critically controversial…, 26 September 2008

"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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