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The Image (1975)

Jean becomes interested in friend Claire's kinky sex with slave Anne.

Director:

Radley Metzger

Writers:

Radley Metzger (screenplay) (as Jake Barnes), Catherine Robbe-Grillet (novel) (as Jean de Berg)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Mendum ... Anne / model
Carl Parker Carl Parker ... Jean / writer
Marilyn Roberts ... Claire / Jean's former affair
Valerie Marron Valerie Marron ... Salesgirl (as Yvette Hiver)
Michelle Vence Michelle Vence
Estelle McNalley Estelle McNalley
Nicole Rochambeau Nicole Rochambeau
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Storyline

Jean discovers that Anne cannot get enough of being humiliated by her mistress, Claire. Gentleman that he is, he decides to partake in the activities. Ultimately, Claire surrenders to him as well. Written by Manfred Gluck

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Beyond The Story of O!

Genres:

Adult | Drama

Certificate:

X | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 September 1975 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

L'image See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After Anne breaks the bottle, moments later she walks on the floor barefoot and no one has cleaned up the broken glass. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Savage Vengeance (2007) See more »

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Image
by Brian Bennett
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The Art of Arousal
9 July 2012 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

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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