Story of O (film)

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This article is about the film. For the erotic novel, see Story of O.
Story of O (film)
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Just Jaeckin
Produced by Gérard Lorin
Éric Rochat
Written by Sébastien Japrisot
Based on Story of O 
by Pauline Réage
Starring Corinne Cléry
Udo Kier
Music by Pierre Bachelet
Cinematography Robert Fraisse
Yves Rolladec
Edited by Francine Pierre
Distributed by Allied Artists Pictures (US)
Release dates
  • 26 August 1975 (1975-08-26) (France)
  • 14 November 1975 (1975-11-14) (United States)
  • 27 November 1975 (1975-11-27) (West Germany)
Running time 105 minutes (Uncut)
97 minutes
Country France
West Germany
Language French

Story of O is a 1975 Franco-German erotic drama film directed by Just Jaeckin. The screenplay is an adaptation of the erotic novel Story of O published in 1954 by Pauline Réage.[1]


A young woman fashion photographer known only as O is taken by her lover René to Château Roissy, where she is subject to various sexual sadomasochistic rituals. O is taught to be constantly available for oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse. She is regularly stripped, blindfolded, chained and whipped; her anus is widened by increasingly large plugs; her labium is pierced and her buttocks are branded. She leaves wearing a ring as a sign of her initiation.

O meets a model called Jacqueline whilst René introduces O to Sir Stephen H, who was raised as René's brother, and the two men share O. Jacqueline moves into O's flat, and is seduced by her. O is then sent by Sir Stephen to the country house of Anne-Marie where she and other young women are prepared to be branded by Sir Stephen.

O's visit concludes with Sir Stephen's inserting rings into her labia and being branded with his initials. Sir Stephen then shares her with two other men, the commander and Ivan.

Later Sir Stephen, O, Jacqueline and René visit the commander's home in Brittany for a party and O takes Jacqueline to Roissy where she will be trained to serve Rene. Some time after that, O asks Sir Stephen if he would endure the same punishments and experiences that she has undergone to show her unconditional love for him. When he says "I suppose so", she suddenly burns his hand with a hot cigarette holder, leaving there a circle, or an O.


  • Corinne Cléry as O
  • Udo Kier as René
  • Anthony Steel as Sir Stephen
  • Jean Gaven as Pierre
  • Christiane Minazzoli as Anne-Marie
  • Alain Noury as Ivan
  • Martine Kelly as Therese
  • Jean-Pierre Andréani as Eric, maître
  • Gabriel Cattand as The commander
  • Henri Piégay as Maître
  • Florence Cayrol as Yvonne


The film was refused a British theatrical release certificate from the BBFC in 1975[1][2] but was eventually passed without cuts for DVD in 2000.

The film has been given a rating of 40% by Rotten Tomatoes.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Story of O[dead link] at the British Film Institute (BFI)
  2. ^ Our Arts Reporter. "Ban on a controversial French film by GLC". Times [London, England] 3 June 1976: 3. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 12 July 2012
  3. ^ "The Story of O Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 

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