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Release Date:
10 September 1975 (Canada) See more »
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Beyond The Story of O!
Plot:
Jean becomes interested in friend Claire's kinky sex with slave Anne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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
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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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Additional Details

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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Art of Arousal, 9 July 2012
Author: itamarscomix from Israel

There's no point in serious argument about whether or not The Image is pornography, because it clearly is. Though it may not be considered hardcore pornography in the sense that there's no penetration shown on-screen, the sexual content is more explicit and shocking than any porn you've ever seen, to the point of going beyond arousing and into repulsive.

But The Image is also unmistakably art, and it's one of the few films that managed to merge the two successfully, much more so than the soft erotic dramas which were a dime a dozen in the 70's and 80's. Rather than just romanticizing sex, The Image is a disturbing and intelligent film about domination and sexual psychology, and in between the sex scenes you'll find surprising amounts of character development and a tight script (excluding the god-awful narration, which I could really do without); add to that excellent acting from the three leads - especially Rebecca Brooke, who truly sells her performance with her shockingly convincing face and body language (not to mention how gorgeous and sensual she is), and gorgeous cinematography which juxtaposes the brutal violence of the acts with the pastoral and serene French backdrops, to a truly eerie and enticing result.

It goes without saying that The Image isn't for everyone. It succeeds as pornography - being enticing and arousing even for those with barely even a fleeting whimsical interest in S&M - but it's also very disturbing and difficult to watch. But if you can stomach it, it's definitely recommended.

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