The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]

The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]

The Image (1975)
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 | 01:30:56 | 6,39 Gb
Audio: English AC3 2.0/1.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: None
Genre: Drama, Erotic | Special Edition

Director: Radley Metzger
Writers: Radley Metzger (screenplay), Catherine Robbe-Grillet (novel)
Stars: Mary Mendum, Carl Parker, Marilyn Roberts

Jean, returning to Paris after three years of residence abroad and went to the fancy parties, there met his old acquaintance Claire. But she was not alone, but accompanied by a young and attractive blonde Anna. Going after a boring party at a restaurant, Clair said Jean that Anna is her property…

A week later, Jean and Claire met again and went for a walk in the botanical gardens of Paris, where Anna was forced to steal her first flower, and then urinate it in front of Jean. At this point the young man quietly became drawn into a strange relationship of two women, and soon Claire gave her slave in total submission to Jean, who did not resist, and gladly joined the public humiliation and beating of Anne. However, such a strange love triangle could not last forever, and one day the relationship of its members to each other have changed dramatically…


The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]

THE IMAGE is a disturbing, erotic, scary, elegant movie that probably only Radley Metzger could have made. Most directors of 'erotica' concentrate on gynecological close-ups to the exclusion of all else; Metzger's hallmark has always been to tell the story and explain the characters by relying as much on the actors' eyes as on the dialogue. The S&M scene is as alien to me as peanut-butter-and-pickle sandwiches (which I am also told some enjoy), but in THE IMAGE I can see the gamesmanship, the role-playing and the unspoken psychological leveraging that makes it all so compellingly complex. Would I show this film to Grandma? Uh-uh. But then, that's just MY grandma, who knows, yours may have a side you never suspected. This film is hot, fascinating, and, in this gorgeous and UNCUT (thank you, thank you!) video transfer, stunningly beautiful as well.
IMDB Reviewer

The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]

Radley METZGER's THE IMAGE (also known under the more exploitative title THE PUNISHMENT OF ANNE) is without doubt not everybody's cup of tea. Based on an infamous French bestseller this movie is shocking in its relentless depiction of a weird triangle relationship between a mature woman, her submissive young girl friend and a curious author.

The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]

Please note: If you feel uneasy when you see graphic sex, humiliation, degradation, bondage, whipping and urination, then do not watch this film. On the other hand, this is no raincoat brigade movie. Instead it is a masterly crafted piece of art with outstanding cinematography, a beautiful score and fine actors (Yes, everybody here can act better than most mainstream academy award winners.)

The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]

Regrettably the rough SM scenes could easily distract from or obscure the motivation of the characters.

The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]

THE IMAGE has an unusual book-like structure with chapters (no, I'm not refering to the DVD chapters). According to the liner notes the film is very faithful to its literary source. I liked the social setting of the film - it takes places among educated, eloquent and wealthy jet set people. And the film makes good use of its nice Paris locations. I found THE IMAGE very compelling viewing. I just didn't like the fitting room scene too much, because it seemed like a rather cliche porn situation to me.

The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]

Some words about the DVD: SYNAPSE did a real great job with the transfer. One can't praise the picture quality high enough. The uncut film is presented widescreen.

The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]

Unfortunately there aren't too many extras: the director's filmography, an isolated score and five trailers of Radley METZGER movies: SCORE, THE LICKERISH QUARTET, CAMILLE 2000, THERESE AND ISABELLE and CARMEN BABY. Kudos to Stephen R. BISSETTE for his insightful liner notes. I recommend to read it before you watch the movie, because it really enhances your understanding of the film despite some spoilers.
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The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]
The Image (1975) The Punishment of Anne [Special Edition]

Special Features:
- Isolated music track
- Original Mono audiotrack and New Enchanced Stereo audiotrack
- Selected filmography for Radley Metzger
- Trailers for "Score", "Camille 2000", "Therese and Isabelle", "The Lickerish Quartet", and "Carmen and Baby"
- DVD credits, and thanks to Radley Metzger

All Credits goes to Original uploader.


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