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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:

The Masterpiece of Bizarre Love That Stormed France. A Portrait of Love and Submission to Disorder the Senses 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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Company Credits

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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

Sir Stephen: I've seen no one, not even René, take you. It doesn't mean that you'll never give yourself to a stranger in front of him who loves you.
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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

Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

O' Et L'Amour D'Yvan
Written and Performed by Pierre Bachelet
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a waste
22 November 2006 | by janina-smolkaSee all my reviews

I have read the book quite few times and I decided to see the movie even though I knew it was not going to be anything even near to the book's incredibly erotic atmosphere. I have been disappointed before with movie adaptations of books but this one is by far the worst ever. The acting is bad, the settings are cheap and the sex scenes are awfully boring. They concentrate endless minutes on tits and nsist on some sort of bad taste loud background music. Totally bad. Not even the taxi scene can be saved. Those mini kisses they give each other are just so out of purpose. The ending also goes against the idea of the book, makes the whole thing become meaninsgless, to begin with her name "O". Use the rental money to buy the book instead.


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