Story of O (film)

Story of O (French: Histoire d'O, IPA: [istwaʁ do]) is a 1975 Franco-German erotic drama film directed by Just Jaeckin and starring Corinne Cléry and Udo Kier. The screenplay is an adaptation of the erotic novel Story of O published in 1954 by Pauline Réage.[1]

Story of O
Theatrical release poster
FrenchHistoire d'O
Directed byJust Jaeckin
Produced byGérard Lorin
Eric Rochat
Written bySébastien Japrisot
Based onStory of O
by Pauline Réage
StarringCorinne Cléry
Udo Kier
Music byPierre Bachelet
CinematographyRobert Fraisse
Yves Rolladec
Edited byFrancine Pierre
Yang Films, SN Prodis
Distributed byAllied Artists Pictures (US)
Release date
  • 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
97 minutes
West Germany


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 and/or sadomasochistic rituals. O is taught to be constantly available for oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse. She is regularly stripped, blindfolded, chained and whipped; 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 branding her 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.



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.

Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 33% of six critics gave it a positive review; the average rating is 5.33/10.[3]

See also


  1. The Story of O at the British Film Institute (BFI) Archived 24 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  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". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
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