'O' CHAT

 

NEW POSTS:

NEW FILM EVENTS 2016:

Robinne Lee and Fay Masterson have joined the cast of Universal’s adaptation of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades Darker.”Kim BasingerEric Johnson and Bella Heathcote have also recently joined the cast, with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan returning to reprise their roles of Anastasia Steele and Grey, respectively. James Foley is taking over directing reins from Sam Taylor-Johnson.Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini are also returning to the cast, with Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti producing along with James and Marcus Viscidi. Niall Leonard and James are penning the script. Universal is planning to shoot “Fifty Shades Darker” and the final pic, “Fifty Shades Freed,” back-to-back, with “Darker” set to bow Feb. 10, 2017. The last installment brought in $570 million worldwide, including $166 million domestically. (Justin Kroll/ Film Reporter)

 

NEW FILM EVENTS 2015:

Trailer to The Ceremony

a feature documentary film by Lina Mannheimer

The Ceremony, a film about love and friendship, depicts cross-border relationships where dominance and submission are central. We meet the fascinating and unusual writer Catherine Robbe-Grillet and those closest to her.

Intimate material reveals participants sharing views on art, norms, identity, ageing, loneliness, friendship and love. The spectator is invited into a fascinating, evocative and private world depicting staged, stylized sadomasochist ceremonies based on Catherine’s universe.

Catherine Robbe-Grillet, a sharp intellectual born in 1930, published her first book (L’image) in 1956. It was banned and publicly burned in Paris. After more than 50 years of exploring eroticism and the world of sadomasochism, Robbe-Grillet is today widely considered France’s most famous dominatrix.

“The Ceremony” takes us far beyond the prejudiced, simplistic and clichť-ridden perceptions of sadomasochism. S/M may be a central theme of the film, but not merely as an exotic phenomenon. The issues raised here take us far beyond sexual orientation. “The Ceremony” delves into what motivates our decisions, not only those concerning desire and sexuality, but our behavior in general. Sadomasochist practices and codes serve simply as a magnifying glass through which we examine the driving forces that make us who we are.

 

The Duke of Burgundy:

 

eviews of DUKE OF BURGANDY:
"Peter Strickland’s latest outing, The Duke of Burgundy, was laced with its own surrealist elements. Its familiar tale of a reversal in the old Hegelian master/slave dialectic is given a twist by the film’s setting in an all-female universe. The lesbian relationship between gruff aristocrat Cynthia (played by Borgen star Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her softly-spoken housekeeper Evelyn (Strickland favourite Chiara d’Anna) derives its piquancy from the sadomasochistic role-play games the two engage in. Evelyn is scolded for her slipshod efforts at cleaning her master’s boots, whipped, urinated on (in a scene that takes place tastefully off-screen) and kept locked in a chest by the domineering Cynthia until she lets out the safety-word “pinastri”. Quelle surprise, then, that it is actually Evelyn who is in command, by way of instruction cards that Cynthia must obey to the letter lest she provoke the ire of her paramour. To compound the pervasive sense of Unheimlichkeit in the film, Cynthia also has a keen interest in moths, and gives lectures on the subject to the local lepidopterist society, the audience for which is partly populated by mannequin dolls. In the end, however, the main couple’s kinky exploits can not mask the fact that, after many years together, the passion in their relationship has waned, and is now replaced with mutual frustration and dissatisfaction – a universal predicament with which all long-term couples, regardless of their gender or sexual proclivities, will no doubt sympathise. While the film’s setting is deliberately left geographically and chronologically indistinct, the richly-toned colour palette, mannered acting and baroque decors of The Duke of Burgundy unambiguously render it a loving homage to a certain highly stylised vein of 1970s European erotic art cinema."



The Pinch Of Love
"If you were fortunate enough in 2012 to allow director Peter Strickland to burst into your psyche with his tale of psychological horror in the delightfully fulfilling sensory cinema experience of ‘Berberian Sound Studio’, you would have been eagerly awaiting his follow up sensual delight in the beautiful form of ‘The Duke Of Burgundy’. Encompassing a tale that we all deal with to greater or lesser degrees, in the real potential horror story of human relationships, in particular those in the midst of a possible spiralling demise, though most folk probably use slightly less bondage and safety words in their relationship consoling. Their loss eh.
Based in a somewhat idyllic fairytale world of an almost overwhelming (but very welcoming) richness of femininity (there are no male characters at all), beauty and luxuriant nature (slowing reclaiming/embracing all the buildings), this is the world of Gaia writ large in the sumptuous calligraphy of the moving image.
In such a gorgeous, yet full, seemingly chaotic dance of nature (love), such as it the apparent erratic flight patterns of butterflies (the movie title being a reference to a type of butterfly, and the beauty lays in the dance not the understanding), it is the actual study of nature at talks they frequent that brings in the only potential masculine traits of western science and analysis, trying to bring order to chaos (understanding love), in the form of structure, routine, discipline, and of course well polished leather boots and some splendid bondage knots."



"50 SHADES OF GREY IS TOO SOFT"


50 Shades of Grey is just TOO SOFT, according to the world’s oldest lesbian dominatrix, 83, who keeps her submissive companion in a French chateau. Catherine Robbe-Grillet is the most famous dominatrix in France and the 'world's oldest'. As 50 Shades movie opens on Friday, Catherine Robbe-Grille suggests the story is too soft and does not represent the real world of sadomasochism.

For many in Britain, it took 'Fifty Shades of Grey' to finally open up the secretive – and potentially extremely painful – world of sadomasochistic sex. But as a film version of the bestselling book trilogy prepares to premiere on Friday, the most famous Dominatrix in France has told Mail Online: 'It's a poorly written fairy-tale and much too soft – real bondage is massively more fulfilling'.
In an exclusive interview at her Paris home, 84-year-old author Catherine Robbe-Grillet insisted that there was 'nothing unusual at all' about her chosen lifestyle. It involves 'devoting herself to pleasure' with live-in submissive companion, Beverly Charpentier, 51, a mother of two. The couple have been together for seven years, since the death of the MaÓtresse's husband, Alain Robbe-Grillet, the intellectual novelist and film-maker who, when called upon, was also an enthusiastic sadist. They regularly indulge in erotic 'ceremonies' in the French capital, at their magnificent 17th Century ch‚teau in Normandy, or in other glamorous locations around the world.
Surrounding the couple are weapons, including the 'marital whip' which Madame Robbe-Grillet bought for her late husband as a 'symbol of my submission' back in 1954. She has used it almost every day since. Her staged bondage sessions can be extremely brutal, with Madame Robbe-Grillet often referred to as a female version of the Marquis de Sade, as in the 18th Century French aristocrat who was famous for his libertine lifestyle.
'Fifty Shades of Grey is a romantic fairytale by comparison,' said Madame Robbe-Grillet. 'It's romantic literature – effectively the story of a powerful man, a Prince Charming, and his adventurous relationships.'There are spicy bits, and the scenes certainly inspired an interest in bondage, discipline and dominance, but I don't believe it did much to increase the number of people taking part.'
Madame Robbe-Grillet agreed that the book had 'inspired women in particular', but only towards a 'soft version' of BDSM, as a variety of sexual practices including bondage and tying up partners are referred to. 'I went to a sex shop after the book came out in 2011, and there was certainly an increase in sales of bondage aids,' said Madame Robbe-Grillet. 'What was very noticeable, however, was that people were buying handcuffs which were furry or velvet. Essentially, people in countries like Britain are buying into a romanticised version of what BDSM is all about.'
Madame Robbe-Grillet said she gained 'huge pleasure' attending events with her late husband, but her sex life had got even better as she matured. 'It's not everyone, but it's right for me,' she said. 'Beverly swore an oath to me before Alain died aged eighty five,' said Madame Robbe-Grillet. 'Alain was delighted she would be there for me, and our relationship is perfect'.

( extract from Daily Mail Online: 9 February 2015 )

 

FILM EVENTS 2014 : POLANSKI / VON TRIER

Feb/March Releases 2014:

Now on release Lars Von Trier's four hour (or 5 hour) epic master film Nymphomaniac is a wild, poetic drama about a woman's erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac of the provocative title - with perhaps, its little nod to 'O' ( )

Roman Polanski at 80 has just released his 21st film, The Venus in Furs. Based on the play by David Ives, portraying an actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) who is late for an audition for a inclined to masochism (Mathieu Amalric) Director, and embarks with him in a fierce battle of the sexes.

Asked if he had intentionally made a provocative movie Polanski replied, "this world suffers an increasingly absurd puritanism. Despite enormous advances in science and technology, man seems to be getting more stupid. We are returning to pre-Enlightenment times, and that's scary."

 

 

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50 SHADES OF GREY
Valentine's Day 2015:

 

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REVEALED:
Fifty Shades of Grey actors and director announced
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The most coveted roles in Hollywood have been handed to relatively unknown actress Dakota Johnson and British actor Charlie Hunnam, who will take on the leads in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Various A-listers, including Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and even model Cara Delevingne, were all linked with the role of innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele.
But the 23-year-old daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, who appeared in The Social Network alongside Justin Timberlake, was revealed as the chosen actress by Fifty Shades author EL James.
Writing on Twitter, she said: "I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.



British actor Charlie Hunnam is set to play billionaire Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation.
The 33-year-old, who most recently starred in Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi film Pacific Rim, will take on the role of the wealthy business magnate, who seduces innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film.
On Twitter, EL James, whose real name is Erika Leonard, said: "The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey."
Dubbed "mummy porn", the novel featured sado-masochistic sex and became the fastest-selling paperback of all time.
Artist turned filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood is directing the big-screen version of the smash hit erotic novel.

Owen Bennett EXPRESS:
September 2, 2013 .

(Sam Taylor-Wood's artwork "Escape Artist" is featured above)

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Review: The Story of O

June 2013: THE RABBLE take on Pauline Reage’s famous erotic novel Story of O, reinventing it as a surreal and erotic visual fantasia. We follow a woman known only as O as she submits to her lover’s demands – sex with men, sex with women, sex in public, sex with strangers, sex with machines – a festival of perversity, a denouncement of self...

(Melbourne Time Out) "I see you, O." Andrew Fuhrmann reviews the latest Neon Festival provocation: "The publication last year of the authorised French translation of Fifty Shades of Grey coincided with the re-release – this time in a 60th anniversary edition – of Anne Desclos's literary prize-winning erotic novel,Story of O. The French were all but gleeful in their derision. Compared to O, EL James was described as savourless, glossy porno-chic, and the "the greatest scam". The Anglo-American erotic mind, it was claimed, was evidently "stunted".This is much the same argument we see in outline in this latest, wildly imaginative stage adaptation of Desclos's pornographic fantasia.Conceived as a long love letter to the writer and publisher Jean Paulhan, Desclos's Story of O, describes the willing initiation of a beautiful young fashion photographer into a brutal life of sexual slavery, servicing both her lover, René, and a mysterious English aristocrat, Sir Stephen, O's cruel instructor in self-destruction.In The Rabble's extravagant and avid and genuinely provocative production what we get is not so much Desclos's pornographic masterpiece as a critical reinterpretation, informed principally by Susan Sontag's 1967 essay 'The Pornographic Imagination'. This is the essay in which Sontag argues for the liberating potential of high-art pornography, commending Desclos's erotic masterpiece as an example of demonic and original insight gleaned in self annihilation, and lauding the small circle of French intellectuals who take this potential seriously.Indeed, Sontag's enthusiastic programme is so much present here that at times this show appears more a theatrical representation of the essayist's dazzling advocacy than O's rather sombre progress toward absolute objectification..."

"Some may find it too shocking and I did see one walk out. It was telling though that half way through the act of leaving, the departing lady paused, transfixed by a development on stage, her decision to go made but the power of the piece not releasing her. I couldn’t have looked away for a second. Story of O is theatre that absolutely commands attention."
Melbourne: Concrete Playground


 

'O' Republished As Fifty Shades of Grey Succeeds In France

October 2012

TELEGRAPH: by Henry Samuel, Paris:
(50 Shades of Grey) has become the fastest-selling paperback since records started – 40m copies in 46 countries – and is the first e-book to have sold more than 1m copies.
Yet given the bad press it received in France, some thought the country might buck the global trend and see it ignored.
But two days after its launch, Cinquante Nuances de Grey as the French call it, was approaching the 100,000 mark nationwide, according to publisher LC Lattès.
Almost half of those copies were sold in Fnac bookshops, which said it had not registered such a buying frenzy since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Interest in the first instalment of British writer EL James' "mummy porn" trilogy, suggests the French pay little heed to the views of the literary establishment, which universally panned the work.
Fifty Shades of Grey recounts the relationship between Anastasia Steele, a 22-year old English literature graduate, and the handsome billionaire Christian Grey with a penchant for domination and bondage.
The message from Gallic critics was that a British author, who one said had "the writing level of a six-year old", had nothing to teach a country with a long history of erotic and sadomasochistic literature, from the Marquis de Sade to the Story of O, republished this week.
Sade was a French aristocrat who inspired the terms "sadistic" and "sadism" and blended flights of philosophy with often violent, often criminal sexual fantasies. Many of his works were written in prison, such as the 120 Days of Sodom, penned in the Bastille. He has appalled and inspired the French since his death in 1814, with the poet Guillaume Apollinaire calling him "the freest spirit that has yet existed".
The acclaimed 1954 novel Story of O, written by Anne Desclos under the pseudonym Pauline Réage, recounts the willing submission of a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer to her lover, René, with lashings of bondage and chains.
Les Inrocks magazine queried whether Fifty Shades' release hailed a "cultural shock between the Anglo-Saxon hypocrisy and the old authentic SM of the French", adding that it lacked any of the "philosophy" of the master-slave relationship found in the true "erotic heavyweights".
"What was all the fuss about?," asked Elle, which described the book as "Spiced-up Mills&Boon" whose sex scenes were "laughable". "Using crude words is not sufficient to create eroticism," it added.
Publishing 20 of the book's "most ridiculous quotes", Le Figaro newspaper wrote: "The only real surprise is in the style, which is far worse even than the disaster one might have expected." "Will Frenchwomen like it?," it asked. "One can only hope they haven't waited for this novel to find pleasure." With its "suspicious obsession with hygiene", the French would soon "tire of these Barbie Doll orgasms," it predicted.
The figures appear to have proved the claim wrong, while readers' comments are far less damning.
"It's poorly written, but I was totally possessed with this story right from the start. I didn't sleep for three nights," wrote Anna, a commentator on 20 Minutes website.
Another, Valérie, wrote: "A drug that one cannot do without and which leaves one full of eroticism."


18 October 2012
Emmanuelle star Sylvia Kristel
dies aged 60

Actress died in her sleep after battle with cancer.


Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the hit 1974 erotic French film ‘Emmanuelle’, has died aged 60.
The star had been suffering from cancer and was admitted to hospital in July after having a stroke.
Her agent, Marieke Verharen, confirmed the actress’s death, saying that “She died during the night during her sleep.”

Kristel rose to fame at the age of 22 when she starred in ‘Emmanuelle’, an erotic tale directed by Story of O director Just Jaeckin, about the sexual promiscuity of a man and his beautiful young wife (played by Kristel) in Thailand . Due to its raunchy nature, the film was banned in Paris for six months despite having been scheduled to premiere in the city. UK cinemagoers had to make do with a heavily censored version until 2007 when the unedited film was finally released.

The soft-focus French film was one of the first erotic movies to be shown in mainstream cinemas. Kristel went on to star in several sequels to ‘Emmanuelle’, as well as Hollywood movies including ‘Private Lessons’ in 1981.

She is survived by her partner Peter Brul and her son Arthur Kristel. She is to be buried at a private funeral.


 

Fifty Shades of Grey

It's pointless to deny that there's something going on here: EL James has now sold ( ) million copies of her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy ...

July 2012: Story of O - the book, is back in the news as one to read on everybody's erotica booklists following in the wake of publishing sensation Fifty Shades of Grey.
A Story of O book jacket filled UK TV screens momentarily as part of the fairly explicit Channel 4 documentary Sex Story: Fifty Shades of Grey (29 July 2012)

Fifty Shades of Grey
has already created a nationwide obsession in the UK with all things erotic. Worldwide people can't stop talking about who should play the main characters in the movie version ("Speculation as to who will take on the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the film version of the hugely successful novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, has reached a whole new level...") - One newspaper predicts a "baby boom", - a blog page suggests the purchase of the Lelo Sensua Suede Whip ($40.00) - In the USA hardwear stores are ordering extra stock of quality rope...

"Tarzian Hardware in Park Slope, Brooklyn, has also seen a rash of rope sales..."

East Village Blogger Lindsay Mannering writes:

"Well slap my ass and call me Sally -- there's a run on rope in New York City. The Post talked to some hardware store owners in the Big Apple and discovered that, for some retailers, the sale of rope has increased ten fold over the last six months, and they say Fifty Shades of Grey is to thank. Apparently, women are coming in asking for soft-cotton clothesline ropes that are good for clean laundry ... and getting dirty.
I bet you thought you were so sneaky, asking the nice shopkeep to kindly show you to the ropes section, but honey, he, and every other shopkeep, is on to you. You ain't buyin' no rope to hang no clothes, and everyone knows it.
But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
No need to be shy or embarrassed about making a sexy purchase since, you know, everyone and their mother are running out to buy bondage material similar to that described in Fifty Shades. Sounds like you can even ask the hardware store guy some advice -- the employees in the New York stores, at least, have some great tips on what gauge rope will work best for your, uh, needs.
When something becomes pervasive, the taboo is sort of thrown out the window. How could you be bashful about it when you're just one of hundreds of thousands of women who are doing the same thing?
I say embrace Fifty Shades' popularity and take advantage of its ubiquity. It may seem like the book's not going anywhere any time soon, but like all things, it too shall pass. So seize the day -- go into a tool shop, ask for rope, and do it with gusto. Take comfort in your anonymity as well as your conspicuousness, then get your braided cord and go home and have some fun already.
Deal?
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Movie:

Erika Leonard author of Fifty Shades of Grey said she has a short list of four men she sees as Christian Grey and about three as Anastasia Steele.
"I’m not telling anyone what they are because I’m not allowed to discuss the movie at all which is a real shame," she said. "Things are moving quite slowly on that but hopefully… it’s such fun and so hopefully after we’ve put a few things in place, it will all start to move on. We’ve still got to get the producers in place then deal with the script and all that. The actual film is a long way down the line."


 

Fifty Shades of Grey is bad for bondage (The Guardian)

"All the work that has been done to establish that BDSM is not a pathological symptom, but one of a wide range of normative human erotic interests, is in danger of being undermined by the success of Fifty Shades. Let's hope we do not return to the days when people were discriminated against – losing children, property, jobs – for their interest in BDSM. Remember, Fifty Shades is just another bodice-ripper. With cable ties." Pamela Stephenson Connolly

'O' READERS... in response to 50 Shades...

Margaret Drabble:
"The most erotic book I ever read was an anonymous novel called L'Histoire d'O, which I think was by a woman called Pauline Réage. It was a sado-masochistic romp and I was given a copy in France in the 1960s when it was probably illegal in England.
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John Banville:
"I find The Story of O deeply erotic precisely because the woman at the centre of it holds all the power, even though she seems the one most cruelly treated. Also the book is beautifully and tenderly written, in its odd way. Someone with a decent prose style should do a proper translation of it."


OLDER POSTS:

including items from the What's New page of my original website:

  • Back in the early noughties it was rumoured on the London fetish scene that British actor Ralph Fiennes (pronounced /'reif 'fainz/) had taken a leading role in a privately financed and privately filmed version of Story of O shot in France. His agent maintained Fiennes was too busy at the time on major film and theatre projects. Fiennes has appeared in films such as Schindler's List, The English Patient, In Bruges, The Constant Gardener, Strange Days, Maid in Manhattan, Red Dragon and in the Harry Potter films as Lord Voldemort. Most recently he appeared in The Reader (2008), The Hurt Locker (2009) and also appeared as Hades in Clash of the Titans (2010).

 

  • Back in 2005 a theatre staging of 'Story of O' was promised for London. Did anything materialize? No further news came my way.

  • Cirque du Soleil around this time was sexing up their shows and promised an 'O' of their own. - "O", a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, turned out to have nothing to do with the 'O' we know and love but was.... "Inspired by the concept of infinity and by the pure form of the letter "O", - the title of this production is also a phonetic representation of the French word for water, the element embodied by this show. With an international cast performing in, on and above water, Cirque du Soleil's "O" tells the tale of theatre through the ages and frees us to lose ourselves in a world without limits. "O" pays tribute to the magic of the theatre from the simplest street performance to the most lavish of operas where anything is possible and where the drama of life plays itself out before our very eyes."

 

  • from The TIMES August 2003:

    "The Bookseller noted that the most stolen book in Norwegian bookshops was Pauline Reage's sado-masochistic The Story of O - to the extent that the publishers have now put a band round it saying "Norway's Most Stolen Book" ."

  • VINTAGE NEWSPAPER CUTTING: 1978

    September 26th 1978 found the London Evening Standard declaring on its front page (no less!)
    " London Bans The Story of O"... it was finally screened in London twenty one years later in December 1999.

  • ... tv Story of O ( 1974 / 2001 )

    The Just Jeakin movie finally made it onto British television screens at midnight on Sunday 18th March 2001. It was shown for the first time and in the original length French language version with English subtitles on Channel 4.
    "Refused a certificate when it was submitted in 1975, the British Board of Film Classification gave the film an18-certificate in February. It commented: "The film is very much a work of its time. Much of the action is conveyed by the facial expressions of the characters." Announcing the screening, a spokesman said: "Is this a dangerous piece of film-making? I really don't think so. If anyone was going to be morally outraged I would be very surprised."

 

  • Sleeping Beauty
    July 2011: Check out the film trailer for the soon to be released SLEEPING BEAUTY (2011): Sleeping Beauty is a haunting erotic fairytale about Lucy (Emily Browning), a young University student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of beauty and desire. Directed by Julia Leigh, Sleeping Beauty stars Emily Browning. The film will be premiered during Cannes Film Festival in France in May 2011. "Browning’s performance is utterly fearless, suffused with mystery, cold as ice. Leigh’s spare screenplay trusts the audience to fill in the imaginative spaces, and her framing is precise and economical. Fast-rising composer Ben Frost contributes a potent score. What a strange, ensnaring achievement, not least for a first-time feature, Sleeping Beauty is: no male director could have made it."
A strange marriage of Jane Campion and Lars Von Trier
that titillates, terrifies and haunts in equal measure.

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ARCHIVE:

The following "What's New" has been rescued from a previous version of this website:

WHAT'S NEW ? 2006


 

The 2004 French/American 80 minute biopic WRITER OF O
featuring Dominique Aury will be shown as part of the

20th LONDON LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL

WRITER OF O will be shown on SUN 2 APRIL at 20.45

Venue:NFT2 (National Film Theatre, South Bank, London


WHAT'S NEW ? 2005


"Anne-Marie" Was Edith Thomas???
New Book

 

A fascinating new book published by the Cornell University Press is destined to find an immediate place in any 'O' bibliography.

A Passion For Resistance by Dorothy Kaufmann looks at the life and work of Edith Thomas (1909 ≠ 1970), a remarkable French woman of letters who had a passionate love affair with Story of O author Dominique Aury.

Dorothy Kaufmann's engaging book is based in large part on previously unavailable material that Edith Thomas chose not to publish during her lifetime. This included an unexpected windfall of letters, articles, poems and diaries passed to Kaufmann in a "large shopping bag" by Dominique Aury during an initial taped interview between Kaufmann and Aury in 1991.

During this interview not only did Aury confirm she was the clandestine author of Story of O but revealed the presence of Edith Thomas in Story of O, as well as Aury's reciprocal presence in much of Thomas's writing. Their romantic relationship had lasted just under a year, ending when Aury became the lover of Jean Paulhan in 1947, but the two women of letters remained friends and co-correspondents until Thomas's death in December 1970.

There is a lot here to interest the casual reader as well as the 'O' reader, not least of all the perceptive portrait of Dominique Aury in which Kaufmann detects Aury's pleasure in having multiple identities. "By not signing O with her name", maintains Kaufmann, "(Aury) could write freely, as someone else In fact, Dominique Aury was already a pseudonym"


Radical Feminist Andrea Dworkin Dies at 58

 

April 2005:

NEW YORK - Anti-"O" radical feminist Andrea Dworkin wrote openly about the experiences as a prostitute, rape victim and battered wife that led her to become a crusader against pornography and violence against women - and a lightning rod for the feminist movement. Dworkin died Saturday at her home in Washington, said her husband, John Stoltenberg. She and Stoltenberg, who were openly gay, began living together in 1974 and married in 1998. Dworkin was 58 and had been ill for several years from ailments including osteoarthritis.

Dworkin's radical-lesbian brand of feminism brought both attention and discord to the women's rights movement. Some women objected to her crusade against pornography as an infringement on women's choice of how to use their bodies, and civil libertarians opposed it as an assault on the First Amendment.

Once described as the Malcolm X of the women's movement, Dworkin devoted her work and more than a dozen books to fighting what she considered the subordination of women, notably in marriage and pornography.

Her first book, "Woman Hating," published when she was 27, launched her lifelong advocacy on the ways pornography harms women.

"Pornography is used in rape - to plan it, to execute it, to choreograph it, to engender the excitement to commit the act," Dworkin testified before the U.S. Attorney General's Commission on Pornography in 1986, according to a transcript on her Web site.

She was well known as a firebrand for her views on pornography and her 1987 book "Intercourse," in which some reviewers said she labeled all sex as rape. She denied that, but wrote about marriage laws that she felt "mandated intercourse."

She was often lampooned as a prude or man hater and criticized by other feminists for making women out to be the victims of sex. She filed a $150 million libel lawsuit against Hustler magazine in the 1980s for running sexually explicit caricatures using her name, but courts ruled the cartoons were protected by the Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected her appeal without comment in 1989.

Dworkin said repeatedly that she did not hate men, just the subjugation of women.


 

"WRITER OF O"
ECRIVAIN D'O

 

APRIL 2005:

This 2004 French/American 80 minute biopic featuring Dominique Aury has already been shown on a few film theatre screens. It is directed by American short film and documentary filmmaker Pola Rapaport. Going by various movie websites (put "Writer-of-O" into Google search) this documentary is a popular booking for international film festivals this spring and into summer.

 

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'O' QUOTES:

"Her prose is dribbling, watchful and erotic. It's much better than The Story of O, or Naked Plumbers Fix Your Tap."

Tanya Gold on Charlotte Bronte in an article entertainingly entitled
"Reader, I shagged him" (Guardian 25/3/05)

 


Not Story of O:

"O", the title of the current Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, has nothing to do with the 'O' we know and love but is....

 

 

"Inspired by the concept of infinity and by the pure form of the letter "O", the title of this production is also a phonetic representation of the French word for water, the element embodied by this show. With an international cast performing in, on and above water, Cirque du Soleil's "O" tells the tale of theatre through the ages and frees us to lose ourselves in a world without limits.

"O" pays tribute to the magic of the theatre from the simplest street performance to the most lavish of operas where anything is possible and where the drama of life plays itself out before our very eyes."


 

Theatre 'O' For 2005!
( January 20th )

Thespians familiar with Story of O should watch the small ad's in The Stage carefully over the next few weeks

for news of auditions in London for a planned theatrical interpretation of Histoire d'O.

Watch This Space...

 

 


archive: WHAT'S NEW ? 2004


* NEW *

Issue 3 Nov 04 : NU BLUE CD-rom magazine of the erotic arts

from Art2b
features the art of Stefan

On Sale at Erotica (Olympia, London) this month:


Theatre 'O' For 2005!

Hot "ear to the ground" News: A theatrical interpretation of Story of O is in the pipeline for summer 2005. More news from theatre land if and when I hear anything... Stefan (November 2004)


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"Story of O:Untold Pleasures" DVD will be released in Japan on October 10th 2004 in Region 2 format according to www.cdjapan.co.jp :

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BIBF-5290

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Thank you for your interest in "The Story of O: Untold Pleasures". If you're asking about the U.S. theatrical release of the film, an announcement is expected soon. Phil has it on good authority that the producers and distributor are looking at a Valentine's Day release ... stay tuned!

The Phil Leirness Team

 


AURY: "I WROTE STORY OF O" Article

29 JULY 2004: My thanks to AL for informing me about an article and to NH for sending me a copy of same article,
which appeared in the UK Sunday Observer newspaper last Sunday. To read the article click on:

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1268403,00.html


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"The Story of O: Untold Pleasures" opened in Japanese cinemas today (26 June 2004)

Emailed to this website:

Just wanted to let you know that "The Story of O: Untold Pleasures" opened in Japanese cinemas today (26 June 2004). U.S. and the rest of the world soon to follow (or so I am told). All the Best,

Phil Leirness



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( Phil Leirness to Mike C....... many thanks Mike, - Stefan)

February 04, 2004
Subject: Re: The Story of O: Untold Pleasures

> Thanks for your interest in "The Story of O". The film is tentatively slated for a theatrical release in major cities this Spring. Stay tuned to this site for details. The home video/dvd release is slated for fall.

More information below...

 


NEW Issue 2 Feb04 : NU BLUE CD-rom magazine of erotic art from Art2b
features the art of Stefan including his series of paintings inspired by Story of the Eye

 


LATE NEWS :

from The TIMES August 2003:

"The Bookseller noted that the most stolen book in Norwegian bookshops was Pauline Reage's sado-masochistic The Story of O - to the extent that the publishers have now put a band round it saying "Norway's Most Stolen Book" ."


2003 Archive: WHAT'S NEW ?


 

Wicked Art 'n' Cabaret in London

2 December 03 : Club Wicked celebrates erotica

See recent paintings by Stefan at Club Wicked, 4 Tooley Street, Under London Bridge, London, SE1 2SY

The Association of British, Commonwealth and European Erotic Artists

is pleased to announce that it is being represented at the monthly exhibition and Cabaret
night being held at London's Club Wicked.

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVENT - TUESDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2003


NEW Nov 03 : NU BLUE CD-rom magazine of erotic art from Art2b
features the art of Stefan including his series of paintings entitled Stories of O.

Nu Blue CD-Rom Magazine Issue 1 was successfully launched at EROTICA 03 and features artworks, photography, sculpture,
short films and more from artists: Paul Woods, Christopher John Ball, Stefan, Origane, Carrie White,
Rosaleen Young, Ray Leaning, Ian David Baker, China Hamilton and Len Gifford.


CREPAX DIES AT 70

Sad news of comic strip artist Guido Crepax
who has died of multiple sclerosis aged 70:

Guido Crepax
Obituary
The Guardian: Monday August 4, 2003

The Italian erotic cartoonist Guido Crepax, who has died of multiple sclerosis aged 70, was best known as the creator of Valentina, a sensuous Milan photographer whose sadomasochistic adventures infuriated feminists and captivated the fantasy of generations of Italian males.

Valentina was born by chance in May 1965, appearing as a secondary character in the third issue of the cartoon monthly Linus. But her minor role, as the girlfriend of art critic and amateur sleuth Philip Rembrandt - also known as Neutron because of his capacity to freeze people with his penetrating gaze - was soon transformed to overshadow that of the original protagonist.

Her pudding-bowl haircut, sinuous body, sensuous lips and "most beautiful bottom in the world" became a symbol of subtle eroticism at a time when Italian society was coming to terms with a new era of sexual liberation. Her uninhibited fantasies derived from the world of dreams and psychoanalysis, but she was firmly anchored in the flesh, and in contemporary Italian reality. Her style captured the spirit of the Milan fashion world two decades before it fully flowered.

Valentina Rosselli was named after the resistance heroes Nello and Carlo Rosselli; she was (ostensibly) born in 1942, married to the colourless Rembrandt and had a child named Mattia. She lived in Milan's Via De Amicis, at the same address as Crepax, and her apartment was full of the books that animated the intellectual life of Crepax and his circle.

Unusually for a cartoon heroine, she showed signs of ageing, before being summarily dumped by her author in 1995. "When I was a kid, I used to hate the fact that cartoon characters never grew old," Crepax explained.

Inspired by the silent movie actor Louise Brooks, and by Crepax's own wife, Luisa, Valentina presented something of a dilemma for Italian feminists. They approved of her sexual emancipation and Trotskyite politics, but were less taken by her fantasies and the speed with which she peeled off her clothes.

The confusion between her roles as sexual actor and sex object left many feeling uneasy. For the psychologist Silvia Vegetti Finzi, she represented a "missed emancipation", achieving parity with men but then squandering it in a passive acceptance of male desire.

Graziano Frediani, a biographer of Crepax, described Valentina as a modern-day Madame Bovary, free to live out her dreams and obsessions. Crepax was an innovator in his art, Frediani said, introducing alternatives to the traditional filmstrip cartoon format and inserting boxes with close-ups of details - the cartoon equivalent of the zoom lens.

Guido Crepas, who assumed the pen-name Crepax, was born in Milan of a Venetian family. His father was a cellist at La Scala. He began working as a graphic artist while studying architecture at Milan University, where he graduated in 1958. His design work included advertising posters, record sleeves - among them Domenico Modugno's hit Volare - and book covers. His publicity campaign for Shell Oil won him a prize in 1957.

Influenced by the optical art movement in Milan, and a lover of cinema and jazz, Crepax found his vocation with the enigmatic figure of Valentina. The strip sold successfully in France, Spain, Germany, Japan and the United States. Crepax's damsels in distress pushed back the frontiers of taste but rarely lapsed into vulgarity. "I have drawn whips, chains and bonds of all kinds," he said. "But I hate violence, lack of respect for oneself or for others, and all forms of excess. There is never a single drop of blood."

Crepax created a series of lesser known female characters - Belinda, Bianca and Anita among them - and illustrated such classics of erotic fiction as De Sade's Justine and Pauline Reage's Story Of O. Valentina was twice adapted for the screen: in the 1973 Franco-Italian production Baba Yaga, and as a television series, starring the American actor Demetra Hampton. Both were a disappointment for her author.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Guido Crepax, cartoonist, born July 15 1933; died July 31 2003

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LARS VON TRIER at the Cannes film festival :

(22/5/03) This week the internet and film press have been buzzing with the news of the premiere of Lars Von Trier's Dogville at the Cannes film festival. Its star Nicole (Eyes Wide Shut) Kidman is the hot tip to win the best actress prize.

Anyone who doubts Von Trier has more than a passing interest in Story of O should check out his early short film Menthe - la bienheureuse (1979 ), a veritable hommage to Pauline Reage and Story of O ( see 'O-bibliography' on this site ), and it is perhaps not by chance that Story of O movie actor Udo Kier turns up in a particularly sadomasochistic scene in Von Trier's Breaking the Waves. Kier turns up again in Dogville.

Unfolding in nine segments and a prologue, Dogville tells the story of the beautiful fugitive Grace (Kidman) who on the run from a collection of gangsters that include Udo Kier and Jean Marc Barr, arrives in the isolated community of Dogville seeking sanctuary and throws herself on the kindness of strangers.

The film was shot on a stage set with no actual buildings, and required Kidman to drag around a weighted chain attached to her neck and play opposite a dog that is actually a chalk drawing on the ground. Despite these hardships, and the fact that Kidman and Von Trier had a three-hour screaming match in a forest to clear the air while shooting, Kidman pledged this week, in front of hundreds of journalists, to extend the film into a trilogy.

Kidman's character Grace has clear affinities with the innocent, tortured, self-sacrificing heroines of Von Trier's Breaking The Waves and Palme d'Or winner Dancer In The Dark. She may be the most worldly of them but she may also be the purest of heart. As Dogville unfolds we see the initial instinctive act of compassion by the town sour into grotesque exploitation as Grace is made to suffer for every kind word and thoughtful gesture that she has received. Ultimately Grace becomes little more than an indentured servant and sexual slave. By the end of this long, long film, Von Trier wants us to believe that the human species is just naturally inclined toward evil and, that like a dog who cannot help but behave in a dog-like fashion, humans simply can't be expected to live up to their own high ideals.


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Information is still welcome about the promised release in whatever form of the 'new' movie Story of O - Untold Pleasures (See archive What's New? below....)

Wanted: Want to sell your pre-loved Story of O books, videos, dvds, film posters etc.??? - Visitors to this site are looking for 1st edition paperbacks plus dvds of Story of O the Series. I can pass on details of items for sale. E-mails welcome...


"O" Painting in print:

Stefan's "The Owl Mask", one of a series of large oil paintings inspired by Story of O, is featured in the February issue of the UK magazine The Erotic Review. The painting ( unfortunately cropped! ) accompanies a light hearted but entertaining article by "hot young author" Lisa Hilton detailing O's shopping habits in the novel Story of O. The Erotic Review is available from:

The Erotic Review, 4th floor, 1 Maddox St, London W1S 2PZ.< editrice@TheEroticReview.co.uk> www.TheEroticReview.co.uk


S & M Art & Poetry Exhibition:

Etchings on an 'O' theme by Gareth Boyd Phillips and several oil paintings by Stefan including "Roissy", had a showing in January as part of The Deep Space Art Show. The event "celebrating the Art of Dominance & Submission" was organised by UK poet Elle Finn and was held for one evening at The Smugglers Tavern in London's Warren Street. Eylau showed a number of his video shorts including 'Love Songes on Pale Vertebrae' a filmed montage of images from Stefan's 'Stories of O' paintings set to music.

Around 75 visitors to the tavern during the evening enjoyed a drink, a little poetry, a chat, and a pub full of art. This was possibly the first such event of its kind.


New "O" Web Site:

This is worth a look. There is potential and as always the possibility of learning something new about our favourite subject. The web site address is: http://oraclutie.free.fr/HdO/

See also: LINKS page on this web site.


Pound of Paper 'O' feature:

Following his entertaining 'taster' in the Sydney Morning Herald last year,

novelist, broadcaster, film biographer, John Baxter has devoted six pages of his new book A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict to Story of O and L'Image detailing how Pauline Reage revealed her true identity at the funeral of her lover Jean Paulhan and how a German "expert" came to the mistaken conclusion Story of O and The Image were written by the same hand! Pound of Paper is a great read for anyone who has even the smallest of book collections sitting on the shelf. It is available now from Doubleday/Transworld/Random House:

BUY NOW from: AMAZON.co.uk


Check out New O Links at my Links Page



2002 archive: WHAT'S NEW ?


O-translator Adriaan MorriŽn dies at 90...

One of his aphorisms: "Dying would be very agreeable if you could try it more often. "

H. Vandebent June 2002: The always-young Dutch author and translator Adriaan MorriŽn (1912-2002) died last week, a few days after his 90th birthday. In the Netherlands he was a famous poet, writing as if in love with life. In his poetry simple words change common things into delicacies. Although only a small part of his work involved love, he was called an amorist poet. His tender observations of young women are part of the few high peaks of lowland literature.

In the sixties MorriŽn was a prominent literary critic. He also was an advisor for the major literary publisher De Bezige Bij in Amsterdam. Due to MorriŽns translation in 1969 Histoire dO was in the Netherlands acknowledged to be a real masterpiece. We will have to wait for a biographer to unveil MorriŽns involvement in the Parisian literary circles around this book. This would certainly fit in the reputation he carefully managed to build.

In a 1993 documentary on Dutch national television he told that he - on the day of his marriage - made up his mind never to be faithful to his wife. Although he never was very successful or wealthy he surrounded himself with good-looking young girlfriends. He claimed to have hardly any morals and called himself a libertine loafer. Although he really was a gentle and sweet person he caused quite a few scandals, for instance when he had a nude picture with his two daughters printed on his book Roddelverhalen (Backbite stories). While giving lectures travelling through Holland with his middle-aged daughters, the three of them always shared the same hotelroom. Asked by a rude journalist whether he actually slept with his daughters, MorriŽn answered that they were way too old for his liking. In the same documentary the two daughters - who by the way share the same husband - solemnly declare that their father didnt bring a whip either.

Adriaan MorriŽn most certainly was a cult figure. He lived in an unarranged disorderly warehouse full of paperwork and notes. Let us hope everything will be sorted out now. Who knows what secrets are hidden there? A direct connection with Jean-Jacques Pauvert and Dominique Aury is very likely to surface from under the dust. -


 

Reage/Aury: The PARIS YEARS - A MOVIE ?

After a number of screenplay rewrites a film based around the story of the Olympia
Press (Paris) is still in the pipeline. This from John de St. Jorre's website:

STORY OF O:

" While researching THE GOOD SHIP VENUS (VENUS BOUND in the USA), his highly praised book on the Olympia Press and its writers, de St. Jorre unraveled a forty-year-old literary mystery by discovering the true author of this French erotic classic. He interviewed Dominique Aury many times and the chapter in the book was published as a profile in THE NEW YORKER. Its appearance, in July 1994, attracted world media attention and led to the purchase of the film rights by Dan Wigutow Productions in New York, where it is currently under development. "


February 2002: ANTHONY STEELE REMEMBERED

Anthony Steele was remembered briefly at the BAFTA film awards in London as part of the roll call of film and tv
personalities lost to the industry during the last twelve months. Several shots of Steele at his matineť idol best were
featured on the stage screen in front of the capacity audience of BAFTA award winners and nominees.



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THIS FROM DIRECTOR PHIL LEIRNESS : 13 September 2002

"I just wanted to touch base with you and give you the latest news, ... the film, it will be screening in New York in early October as part of the 3rd Annual S & M Film Festival. I will be attending. Plans for a theatrical release in the U.S. (through Pathfinder Pictures) are still on track. On a personal note, Pathfinder Home Entertainment is releasing my previous film, "The Party Crashers" on DVD and VHS in the U.S. (street date: October 8). If interested, anyone can order advance copies at Amazon.com.

All the Best, Phil Leirness"

THIS FROM YAHOO 'O' GROUP: 27 September 2002

New York Premiere! 11 October 9pm
The Story Of O: Untold Pleasures
Location: Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave., NYC

Phil Leirness, 2001, USA, 99 minutes. (Director Phil Leirness will be on hand after the screening for an audience Q&A.)

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"Story of O: Untold Pleasures"

Credited cast :

 Danielle Ciardi .... O
Neil Dickson .... Sir Stephen
Max Parrish .... Rene
Michelle Ruben .... Jacqueline
(2001)

"O" is a talented photographer in her late twenties with a promising career ahead of her. She is torn, however, between the tasks
financial realities are forcing upon her and between her own artistic aims. Encouraged by her boyfriend, Rene,
"O" decides that she should pursue her artistic passion without reservation, setting aside financial realities until she has completed her
very beautiful, avant-garde book of original photos. In hopes of enabling "O" to focus her energies on the book, Rene introduces
her to a mysterious benefactor, the wealthy and powerful Sir Stephen. What starts out as a promising arrangement, turns out to be
self-destructive for "O". She allows outside influences to corrupt her artistic vision, as she is drawn into a seductive world of
deceit, power, and eroticism.
Summary written by Phil Leirness

THE STORY OF O: UNTOLD PLEASURES

Directed by PHIL LEIRNESS

Starring Danielle Ciardi, Neil Dickson, Max Parrish, Michele Ruben

Produced by Pierre-Richard Muller (USA)

Screenplay (in English) [from the novel by Pauline Reage]

 

Premiere Screening : Screened recently at the 21st American Film Market at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Le Merigot Hotel, Santa Monica Promenade Santa Monica, California, USA (Wednesday, February 21 ~ 28, 2001) 'The Story of O: Untold Pleasures' is now hopefully somewhere closer to a theatrical or DVD release in 2002. Further information welcome:

Email stefan@storyofo.co.uk

About the Director - PHIL LEIRNESS :

(Producer, Writer, Director, Whatever.) Phil Leirness was a published film critic, a television host in his native San Francisco Bay Area, and a stand-up comic before attending the UCLA Film School where he wrote, directed, co-produced and acted in an award-winning thesis film, Through Nights that Never End.

After completing film school, Mr. Leirness made several educational and training films before making his feature film debut as a writer-director with 'Til Death Do Us Part. A low-budget romantic comedy focusing on a love triangle, the film was distributed internationally by Solomon International Enterprises.

Mr. Leirness produced and directed an industrial film and several commercials before writing, producing, directing, and acting in The Party Crashers. This dark comedy about a Hollywood party held hostage played numerous film festivals around the world, and is being distributed internationally by Cinema Arts Entertainment. The film received its first U.S. theatrical engagements in July of 2001 and will be playing additional cities through early 2002. To learn more about the film Daily Variety called "Slyly amusing . . . good-looking, technically resourceful, attractively cast and assuredly paced," visit the official website: www.whoarethepartycrashers.com

Currently, Mr. Leirness is finishing post-production on a modern-day, English-language remake of The Story of O. The film is slated for a nationwide U.S. release in 2002. In addition, Mr. Leirness is developing several features for Shadowland, the feature film and music video division he helped found for Pasadena-based GOAL Productions.

Now thirty-three years old, Mr. Leirness has directed stage shows at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles, has served as an advisor on student films, and is a private acting coach. He lists his hobbies as playing basketball and tennis, listening to Sinatra, meeting deadlines, drinking vodka and nursing his ulcer.


UPDATE: June 2002 "Untold O at Cannes" from J :

"I recently returned from Cannes, which was a good one indeed. They even had a market screening - which means buyers and programmers only, NO press - of The Story of O: Untold Pleasures, and boy are they untold... a friend tried to get into it and was not let in. I guess that Leirness is pissed off because of that video copy that once got into the hands of an unfriendly witness. But still it, the cliffhanger of this seemingly weak interpretation of Reage's masterpiece, at least was shown. Once. To a very small audience. It must have been like that legendary event in 1924 when Erich von Stroheim screened the original nine-hour version of "Greed" to a handful of invitees... and then again, it might not..."

PAST UPDATES:

November 2001:
A member of a 'Yahoo Community' has posted the following:

"Phaedra does not list the "Story of O: Untold Pleasures" in its planned releases for the next eighteen months. This means that the film is still being held up in one of those "artistic" disputes that only occur in Hollywood. Once this "dispute" is resolved look for a sudden US showing with a swift VHS/DVD release where the real profits are to be made with this type of film." (20/11/01)

Received
(June 21 2001):

"Greetings. As the co-writer and director of the forthcoming, modern-day, English language remake of "The Story of O", I wish to set the record straight on a few issues.
The film was shot in Los Angeles, where it is set. As the story has been both transplanted and updated, much of the original story has been changed. In addition, my impression of the original film is that it is both hopelessly dated, and incredibly silly. I wanted to make a film that would be faithful to the psychological underpinnings of the original story.
Allowing someone to post their reaction to an unfinished cut of the film (with no ending, no music, etc.) was fairly irresponsible. Though the film will garner a wide variety of reactions, and though I have some doubts as to inclusions and omissions made without my consent, I will state for the record that this film is too unusual, too disturbing, to be simply dismissed as "bad". I can honestly say that I have never seen a film like this.
There are certain frustrations in making a film for a global audience (hence the sorry state of storytelling in modern cinema). However, the film does have the "fever dream" quality I intended, and it has it in spades.
Although the release of the project has been oft-delayed, this has been due to legalities, and not in any way related to the commerical viability of the work. Quite to the contrary, one of the reasons that the producers have been willing to wait for the various delays to work themselves out is that they are more confident than ever that the film will perform quite well around the world.
Here in the United States, the film is being given a major theatrical launch, this fall, through Phaedra Releasing. Until such time as the film has its official premiere, I feel it best to reserve any further comment. If you would like to learn more about me, or my other feature film, The Party Crashers- please feel free to visit my website, www.whoarethepartycrashers.com - "
Phil Leirness

More Emails:

( May 2001) 'I have seen a rough copy of the 2001 film with Daniela Ciardi without the ending. I'm sorry to say that it's not that good. The screenplay has the Roissy and Samois parts more or less omitted and plays like something produced for Playboy TV. With that in mind, I have to say that the finished product has yet to be seen. And ms Ciardi is certainly a very fetching woman.' - from 'MM'

(2001) "producer, Pierre-Richard Muller; director, Philip Leirness; cast, Danielle Ciardi, Neil Dickson, Max Parrish."

(Nov 2000) This received from 'Carl' (many thanks)
"We are still in the process of finishing the movie which will be ready at the end of the year. Please contact us in January and we will be able to provide you with more information. Best regards - Keith Selin" (Cinema Arts Entertainment)

(2000): "Hello Stefan, I don't know whether this will be news to you or not, but the new adaption is set to be directed by Camilo Villa and to star Danielle Ciardi, Neil Dickson, and Max Parrish. It was slated to be released last month, but I suspect it isn't being widely distributed..."

(Oct 2000) "The New US remake--which modernises and moves the story to LA (Lord help us) does exist, but has yet to be released, it was supposed to be out in August."

 


2001 archive: WHAT'S NEW ?


 

March 2001: Sir Stephen Obit:

Movie Story of O (1974) actor Anthony Steele dies at 80:

Anthony Steel, actor, born May 20, 1920 died on March 21, 2001.

Film idol who could not cope with the pressures of Hollywood and fell sadly from grace. "With his square jaw,
dimpled chin and fine head of thick wavy hair, Anthony Steel was the quintessential British male screen idol of the
1950s. For the first five years of the decade his popularity was immense and he was one of the highest paid
of British film actors..."


Story of O (1974) The Just Jeakin movie finally made it onto British television screens at midnight on Sunday 18th March 2001. It was shown for the first time and in the original length French language version with English subtitles on Channel 4.
"Refused a certificate when it was submitted in 1975, the British Board of Film Classification gave the film an18-certificate in February. It commented: "The film is very much a work of its time. Much of the action is conveyed by the facial expressions of the characters." Announcing the screening, a spokesman said: "Is this a dangerous piece of film-making? I really don't think so. If anyone was going to be morally outraged I would be very surprised."



AT LAST!!! Story of O(1974)

At last in the UK
STORY OF O on video & DVD
After a twenty five year ban Story of O the 1974 movie was finally made available to a section of the UK viewing public when late in 1999 a distributor gained a Camden Council certificate allowing the film to be shown in a cinema in London's West End. This exercise was repeated when Story of O was shown for several weeks in London's Piccadilly.

Now as a result of a slight relaxation in film censorship in the UK during the summer of 2000, the 1974 Just Jeakin film version of Story of O has been passed with an 18 (adults only) certificate.

Story of 'O' (1974)
First time on Video & DVD in the UK
Buy it now: click here > Story of O


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Check out the new Story of O photo book by Doris Kloster
Go to Shop Page....

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The Stand & Stefan: ... 'O' books, tapes, movie posters, original art...

 

 

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WITH GRATEFUL THANKS TO PAUL WOODS ( WWW.ART2B.CO.UK )
WHO TOOK THE PICTURES,
AND TO FRIENDS & VISITORS WHO VISITED THE STAND.

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