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10 September 1975 (Canada) See more »
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Jean becomes interested in friend Claire's kinky sex with slave Anne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Somewhere between "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Story of O" See more (18 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mary Mendum ... Anne
Carl Parker ... Jean

Marilyn Roberts ... Claire
Valerie Marron ... Salesgirl (as Yvette Hiver)
Michelle Vence
Estelle McNalley
Nicole Rochambeau

Directed by
Radley Metzger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Radley Metzger  screenplay (as Jake Barnes)
Catherine Robbe-Grillet  novel "L'Image" (as Jean de Berg)

Produced by
Gill Champion .... producer
Ava Leighton .... associate producer
Max Pécas .... producer
Marty Richards .... producer
Cinematography by
Robert Lefebvre (director of photography)
Makeup Department
Antoinette Richard .... hair stylist
Production Management
Yves Prigent .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Claude Raynal .... second assistant director
Robert Renzulli .... assistant director
Sound Department
Emil LeBrun .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri-Jean Alliet .... first assistant camera (as Henri Alliet)
Gaston Muller .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Lucienne Margale .... color consultant
Andrew Pressman .... assistant editor (as Andy Pressman)
William Szarka .... assistant editor
Music Department
George Craig .... music editor
Other crew
Janette Chaix .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"The Mistress and the Slave" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"The Punishment of Anne" - USA (alternative title)
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91 min | USA:89 min
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Somewhere between "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Story of O", 29 December 2006
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This movie falls somewhere between "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Story of O". It doesn't have the realism, the pathos, or the character development of the former, but it also isn't exactly an enjoyably silly sex fantasy like the latter. Like all Metzger films it is well-photographed and classy in a way, but it also contains some hardcore porn scenes which might leave a bad taste in some peoples' mouths (no pun intended).

The story is about a man who meets a jaded older woman who in turn introduces him to a younger woman "Ann" who she is training as a sex slave. Carl Parker, who also had a small part in Metzger's "Score", is pretty good as the man. The young woman played by the pseudonymous "Mary Medum" is also decent, even though she looks more like a young American "soccer mom" than an exotic Euro-beauty like Maria "Last Tango in Paris" Schneider or Corrine "Story of O" Clery. (Thus for me this movie was more of a fantasy of what I'd like to do to that idiot that nearly ran me off the road in her SUV last week while blabbing on her cellphone than it was a sex fantasy). The older woman, on the other hand, is pretty much a superfluous character--for some reason S and M seems a lot classier when it's a woman doing it to another woman at the behest of a man rather than a man directly doing it to a woman. (Not that this movie is too "politically correct" by today's standards--and thank god for that!)

I guess I'd recommend it, even though it's not that sexy on one hand, and pretty hard to take seriously on the other.

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