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The Story of O (1975)

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A movie directed by Just Jaeckin

A milestone of cinematic eroticism,The Story of Owas an art house sensation in 1975, and it's still worthy of intelligent discussion. As with the controversial French novella by Pauline Réage, reactions to Just Jaeckin's sumptuous adaptation range … see full wiki

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Director: Just Jaeckin
1 review about The Story of O (1975)

The story of O is controlling, submissive, and painful.

  • Jan 26, 2006
The story is actually kind of interesting, and the cinematography is rather creative at times. Most of the acting is adequate, and surprisingly effective. The plot in some places was boring, but the psychological aspects of the characters and the locations are stunning. It really a movie you can think about afterwards and besides that its erotic. The atmosphere is very intense and the nude scenes have a great photography. Bondage and torture of naked women surely was a bit too hard in people's stomach back in 1975 and it was banned in several countries. This film makes you wonder if such woman as O could really exist.

This is a film which many will watch for its curiosity value, but which will probably only appeals to a very small number. Although there is plenty of nudity there are no shots showing either male or female genitals, and no attempt is made to dwell on any of the violence just for titillation. Overall it probably deserves a reasonably high rating; unfortunately I cannot give it this. I am amazed at how accurately the scenes depicted in the film follow the written descriptions in the novel - it is obvious that its makers took a great deal of trouble to ensure this. My basic concern is that this disguises the fact the film completely reverses the message which the original novel appears to have been intended to convey. There were two different endings to the book which are still extant. Both involve Sir Stephen losing all interest in 'O' after he has completed humiliating her in every way he can.

I will recommend this film again for those who are curious to watch this unusual entertainment at the best of times. THE STORY OF O provides more of a historical document to the genre in question. Not for all tastes and sensitivities.

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