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The Story of Joanna (1975)

A millionaire begins a sadomasochistic relationship with a naive young woman.



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Cast overview:
... Jason
Terri Hall ... Joanna
Zebedy Colt ... Griffin
Juliet Graham ... Gena
Steven Lark ... Dancer
John Bush ... The Men (as John Busche)
John Koven ... The Men
Bob Stevens ... The Men (as Roy Carlton)


What's better - Sex that springs from love or love that springs from pure sex? Joanna is a bizarre tale of sensual emotion based on the hypothesis that love is, in its purest form, totally uninterested. Jason finds Joanna, innocent and beautiful, and leads her into a maze of sexual depravity and despair. Jason takes Joanna from one sexual encounter to another, each more macabre and degrading than the previous one. She lets herself be led only by permission to love him. One night Jason promises to love Joanna in the stillness of the room. Instead, sends Griffin, his servant, instead. Together the two seek each other, not in love, but in sexual need. Written by lament

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Gerard Damiano's... is the Story of Love


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Release Date:

1 October 1976 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Estória de Joana  »

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1.85 : 1
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Referenced in Virgins in Heat (1976) See more »


Theme from Joanna
Music by Zebedy Colt (as Edward Earle)
Original Lyrics by Gerard Damiano and Zebedy Colt (as Edward Earle)
Sung by Judi Gibson
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Art or Porn?
6 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

When is art considered porn? When is porn considered art? Interesting questions that haven't changed since before Maplethorp's controversial photos were released. This film is a good example of that fine line between art and porn. But, which is it? That is for you to decide.

"Story of Joanna" is a dark vision into obsession, voyeurism and dominance. Terri Hall is Joanna, a lovely woman who seeks love, but enters a dark world of sexual dominance under the spell of Jamie Gills, a man obsessed... Gillis has a dark plan for Joanna, a plan that will change their lives forever... and the ending will leave you in utter shock! This film comes close to being an art film, with solid directing and good performances from Gillis and Hall... A recommended film!

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