Cinema: Boy Beats Girl

THE STORY OF O

Directed by JUST JAECKLIN

Screenplay by SEBASTIAN JAPRISOT

When The Story of O was first published in the U.S. in 1966, there were those who insisted that it was something more than glossy s.-and-m. porn, that every little welt raised on its nameless heroine's body had a meaning all its own. The novel, it was earnestly proposed, explored the paradox that only in slavery can one find perfect freedom. A flogging here, a gang shag there, these are a small price to pay for release from the endless naggings of free will.

What an excellent thing these philosophical overtones were....

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