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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 »

Director:

Just Jaeckin

Writers:

Dominique Aury (novel) (as Pauline Réage), Sébastien Japrisot
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Corinne Cléry ... O
Udo Kier ... Rene
Anthony Steel ... Sir Stephen
Jean Gaven ... Pierre
Christiane Minazzoli Christiane Minazzoli ... Anne-Marie
Martine Kelly Martine Kelly ... Therese
Jean-Pierre Andréani Jean-Pierre Andréani ... Eric, master II
Gabriel Cattand Gabriel Cattand ... The commander
Li Sellgren Li Sellgren ... Jacqueline (a model)
Albane Navizet Albane Navizet ... Andree
Nadine Perles Nadine Perles ... Jeanne
Laure Moutoussamy Laure Moutoussamy ... Norah, the maid
Henri Piégay Henri Piégay ... Master I
Alain Noury Alain Noury ... Ivan
Florence Cayrol 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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Taglines:

"O" is the mistress of all mistresses. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

France | West Germany | Canada

Language:

French | English | Polish

Release Date:

14 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2000 uncut re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Lee turned down the role of Sir Stephen. 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: In fact, she liked all that came from her lover, even Pierre. She belonged to her lover through all the strangers she gave herself to.
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. English-dubbed print is missing 6 scenes and runs approximately 8 minutes shorter than the original French version. However, the missing footage appears to have been removed for pacing reasons rather than any risqué content. The edited scenes are as follows:
  • After Rene picks up O from the chateau, the U.S. print cuts directly to O's first photo shoot, whereas in the French version, Rene brings her back to his apartment and shows her around, then expresses dissatisfaction with her training and behavior.
  • Immediatley following the above mentioned scene, O is left alone in the apartment. Rene phones and tells her to get undressed and wait for his arrival. She strips and is kneeling on the floor as he enters. Note: a few frames of the shot with her kneeling can be seen in the U.S. print just before it cuts to O's photo shoot.
  • After O's first whipping at Anne-Marie's house, the U.S. print cuts directly to the scene with Therese fixing O's hair next to a vase of red roses. In the French version, O's first whipping is followed by a scene in which the women have lunch in the garden.
  • Immediately following the above mentioned scene, the French version also contains a scene of O waking up in the middle of the night when she hears crying in the stairwell. She gets up to investigate, as do some of the other women, and they find a distraught Therese, who wants to leave their submissive environment.
  • After O and Jacqueline go for a walk on the beach, the U.S. print cuts directly to the scene where O meets Sir Stephen before their boating trip. In the French version, the walk on the beach is longer as O spots Therese climbing out of a fishing boat. She rushes over to greet her and Jacqueline immediately becomes jealous and asks O if she ever slept with Therese.
  • Immediately following the above mentioned scene, O, Therese and Jacqueline have lunch together. Jacqueline is still feeling jealous and makes a few snide remarks at Therese, who retaliates by purposely spilling tea on Jacqueline's lap.
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Connections

Spoofed in Historia de 'S' (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

O' Et La Valse Du Gramophone
Written and Performed by Pierre Bachelet
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oddity
1 February 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Just Jaeckin's film version of the celebrated novel by Pauline Reage manages to completely miss the point of her work (by changing the ending, specifically), but taken purely as a movie has a certain amount of interest.

Corrine Clery plays 'O', a photographer who is taken by her boyfriend Rene (Udo Kier) to a sado-masochistic den where she willingly submits to physical and sexual abuse. 'O's motivation was much more obvious within the novel, but here it is secondary to the titallating spectacle of soft porn. Clery is not really the ideal 'O', either, her looks being too idealistic and her acting just too bad.

After a spell in the academy which serves to turn her into a total submissive she is practically sold on to Sir Stephen (50s pin-up Anthony Steel, of all people!) who is even more depraved and dominating than anyone else she has met. Perhaps the strongest sections of the film concern 'O's relationship with Sir S, but I wasn't convinced by the changed ending (powerful though it was from a movie standpoint). The cinematography is also attractive, particularly in its use of colour, and the French language version adds a certain mystique to the story.


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