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The Story of O (1975)

Histoire d'O (original title)
NC-17 | | Drama | 14 November 1975 (USA)
Photographer O's lover takes her to a Château, where she is, like other women there, naked, humiliated by whipping, sexual abuse by men etc. When O leaves, her lover gives her to his much older step-brother.

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 ... Andree
Nadine Perles Nadine Perles ... Jeanne
Laure Moutoussamy Laure Moutoussamy ... Norah, the maid
Henri Piégay Henri Piégay ... Master I
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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of O was offered to Brigitte Fossey. She had an interview with Just Jaeckin but declined because of strong nudity. 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

O: Once upon a time, a little girl saw a white rabbit wearing a watch. Her name was Alice. The white rabbit was very late. She wasn't surprised that he could talk. Then, she followed him. ln a deep well. She had many adventures.
Rene: What was in the well?
O: Sir Stephen.
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Alternate Versions

The Story of O was initially banned in the UK in 1975, but cinema and video/DVD releases were passed by the British Board of Film Classification in 2000. The censors themselves did not make any cuts to this dubbed version, but around 8 minutes of non-sexual narrative scenes were removed by the director for pacing reasons. The fully uncut, subtitled version has played in the UK on the subscription channel FilmFour. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The ABC of Love and Sex: Australia Style (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

O' Et La Photo De Jacqueline
Written and Performed by Pierre Bachelet
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For masochists only
26 November 2004 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

I admit I know little about the S+M/B+D lifestyle, but if this is any indication, it must be kind of like being in a bad European "art" film. This is one movie that truly does not deserve its notorious reputation(either in the negative or positive sense). It's just your typical silly and pretentious 70's Eurotrash. It is slightly less boring than the director's previous "Emmannuelle" (1974) but only slightly. The lead (and only conceivable reason to watch this nonsense) is Corrine Clery,who was later a second-string Bond girl eaten by vicious dobermans in "Moonraker". Clery spends most of the movie naked and being whipped by various men and women. This certainly sounds pretty sordid, but the movie (tastefully?) never shows the whip actually hitting her. And though she is almost constantly being flogged, there never seems to be a mark on her on her perpetually on-display body. She is also passed around by various men, but the sex scenes are even more circumspect than the whipping scenes. I'd enjoy watching Clery doing anything naked(mowing the lawn, painting a fence, digging a garden), but there's just nothing especially exciting here. Mostly, the movie consists of cheesy dialogue and idiotic libertine philosophizing. I don't know if you have to be a sadist to enjoy it, but you definitely have to be a masochist to sit through it.


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