[Vintage] The Image(1975)


The Image(1975)

Year: 1975
Country: USA / France
Genre: Feature Classic
Duration: 1:32:00
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Starring: Rebecca Brooke (as Anne (as Mary Mendum)), Carl Parker (as Jean), Marilyn Roberts (as Claire), Yvette Hiver, Michelle Vence, Estelle McNalley, Nicole Rochambeau

Description: Based on the novel by “Jean De Berg” (the non de plume of Catherine Robbe-Grillet), the story is very much what you might expect from this genre. Going back to Pauline Raege’s The Story of O and even further back to Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses, these stories present a voyeuristic tour of the world of the decadent rich and their very private and often perverse games involving power and sex.

The Image deals with power and sex united though sadomasochism. When Jean (Carl Parker) first sees Anne (Mary Mendum) at a typically lavish party in Paris, he is immediately drawn to her. She seems to be private and yet on display at the same time. It turns out that she is the sexual slave of Jean’s old friend, Claire (Marilyn Roberts) and soon Jean finds himself being drawn to their secret world like a moth to the flame. As par the course, Claire’s complex motivations and desires become harder and harder to feed and she begins to escalate the sadism to inhuman levels which are all the more shocking due to Anne’s willingness to play along.

Metzger’s visual treatment of The Image goes beyond his work in Misty Beethoven and harks back to his earlier, more formal films like Therese and Isabelle and Camille 2000. But here he combines his amazing sense of visual composition and rhythmic editing with a sincere attempt to examine this complex sexual triangle. Metzger and his cast are brutally direct and quite fearless in telling this story. There are few films that venture seriously into the areas that this one does. Metzger stylizes, but refuses to let the sex scenes descend into black comedy in order to let the viewer off the hook. In this way, The Image becomes a very odd experience to watch, especially when our protagonist Jean becomes a willing participant in some of the more violent activities. The character steps away from being our guide to the action, and steps into the action himself, leaving the viewer alone to make up their own mind about what is being presented.

Type HD video: 1080p
Video Quality: Blu-Ray
Video Format: Blu-Ray Video
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1920 x 1080 16/9 / 25312 kbps / 1080p / 23.976 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 1509 kbps DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Size: 22.63 GB

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