miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2009

The Story Of O

Just Jaeckin already had a huge hit with his adaptation of the erotic French novel adaptation, “Emmanuelle”, so he decided that the best thing to do was to tackle another famous literary adaptation, this time being The Story Of O, written by Anne Desclos. I’ve never read the novel, so I’m not sure how exactly faithful the movie is to the book, but I have to say that this movie was very surprising in many ways. The story involves a woman under the name of O (Corinne Clery, Hitch-Hike) who is head-over-heels in love with a young wealthy man named Rene (Udo Kier). Rene is a part of the s&m world, and wants O to become fully immersed into the world, becoming a slave for his friends and different clubs. O finds herself actually enjoying the beatings and humiliation, with her main conflict being the love she feels for Rene.
The sex in this movie is pretty explicit for a softcore movie, but I have to admit, I loved it. Corinne Clery is one of the bravest actresses of the 70’s, showing everything but the rainbow and at the same time being able to give a strong, emotive performance. I love the fact that she really gives herself completely to her masters, particularly to Rene’s friend, Sir Stephen (Anthony Steel), who ends up falling in love with her, a no-no in this type of situations. But of course, Rene then becomes secondary to O’s story and Stephen becomes the priority. She gets herself whipped, has group sex with women at his request, and even brands herself, first with a clitoris piercing and then with your typical cow branding. Ouch! Now that’s commitment.
Just Jaeckin directs this film in the same way he did his more famous film, Emmanuelle, featuring beautiful production design and an abundance of gold colors. The film isn’t as sexually explicit as Emmanuelle, but it really doesn’t need to be. This movie is good enough and erotic enough that it doesn’t need an Asian woman smoking through her vagina, although to be fair, that is always a fun thing to watch. It’s a great film and comes highly recommended.

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