The Sexual Story of O (1984) is a Jess Franco Spanish film titled to take
advantage of the popularity of the Story of O. It is a story of sado-masochism
by the very wealthy. A couple seduces the young Alicia Principe, then
delivers her to a perverted royal couple on an island, where she is ravaged,
drugged and beaten, then murdered.
Franco thinks of it as a love story.
The male half of the couple her falls in love with her, blows
away his wife and the twisted royals, then carries her dead body into the
sea. Jess was proud of that ending, saying that it symbolized that the two
people had to go to another plane to find happiness.
Jess does a little of his psychedelic photography during the torture scene
at the end of the film, but otherwise spends the film shooting naked women in
good light alone and fondling other women and/or a man.
If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to
explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by
our definition, a
C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs
and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:
C or C+
Since our grades are genre- or niche-oriented, the grade
depends on which niche you belong to. Softcore fans will find it good but unexceptional,
therefore a C. Franco fans will
want this as a perfectly remastered lost treasure; therefore the film is a C+
graded in the Franco sub-genre.