The Image

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The Image
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Starring Rebecca Brooke
Carl Parker
Marilyn Roberts
Directed by Radley Metzger
Produced by Gill Champion
Written by Jake Barnes
Catherine Robbe-Grillet
Cinematography René Lefèvre
Gaston Muller
Distributed by Synapse Films
Released February 1976
Runtime 89 min.
language French
IMDB Info 0073589 on IMDb

The Image is a 1975 French film. The film is also known by two other titles: The Punishment of Anne and The Mistress and the Slave and was directed by Radley Metzger. The film is based upon the classic 1956 sadomasochistic novel L'Image, written by Catherine Robbe-Grillet and published under the pseudonym of Jean de Berg.

The story of Jean (played by Carl Parker), a writer who meets an old friend, Claire (Marilyn Roberts), at a party and is soon drawn into her world of sadomasochism along with her slave, Anne (Mary Mendum, aka Rebecca Brooke, and Metzger's girlfriend at the time).


The movie's structure is divided in 10 chapters, separated by white writing on a black background:

  • 1. An Evening at the X...'s
  • 2. The Roses in Bagatelle Gardens
  • 3. Too Much Water and Its Consequences
  • 4. False Starts
  • 5. The Photographs
  • 6. An Expiatory Sacrifice
  • 7. The Fitting Room
  • 8. In the Bathroom
  • 9. The Gothic Chamber
  • 10. Everything Resolves Itself


  • "Anyone into sado-masochism will get obvious fulfillment by watching the surface physical thrills that Metzger provides. The true fulfillment for this viewer was delving deeper into the themes of dominance and submission that the characters were exploring in their relationships."[1]
  • "This is a must own for anyone interested in the fetishes portrayed (graphic oral sex, bondage, whipping, and urination), and also for those who would like to see what quality porn can look like."[2]
The Image

A movie based on the book, "The Punishment of Anne" by Jean deBerg.

Simplistic movie plot synopsis:

  • Anne cannot get enough of being humiliated by her mistress, Claire.
  • Jean, the gentleman that he is, decides to partake in the activities.
  • Ultimately, Claire surrenders to him as well.

One reviewer says: In the tradition of "The Story of O" and "Emmanuel"...this Radley Metzger 1975 classic is stupendous!

Beautifully filmed, with minimum fanfare, it gets straight to the point within minutes of you watching it. And that point is not pornographic...but rather sensual and erotic. The total submission of the young star, Anne, played by Mary Mendum, to her older dominatrix girlfriend Claire and her boyfriend Jean, is "a middle aged couple's dream come true". If you want your wife or girlfriend to be dripping with anticipation...turn the lights down and have her watch this film, in its entirety and I'm certain any woman will be drawn in to its lusty presentation! That being said...this is not a film for group viewing by your neighbors next door...unless????

Unlike the video taped, bluntly pornographic XXX movies of today... 1975's "The Image" was filmed, in a way when showing just enough, was good enough to be shown. Although there are some shocking scenes of oral sex between the stars, this film mostly deals with sexual tension and Lustful sentiments, inside anyone (male or female) who has ever "lusted" after a youthful girl, strictly to inflict decipline, pain and pleasure upon her. Five stars is not high enough of a rating for this "must have in your erotic collection masterpiece!" I would have always enjoyed more violent sex and torture scenes, however, given what's being produced these days....this film clearly stands out as a "classic of all time" proportions!


  1. "Boris Lugosi",
  2. "Tuna" und Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy), The Image (1998)
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