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"The Image"

The Image (1975), also known as The Punishment of Anne, has been credited with being one of the best hard-core films of all time, the best S&M films ever, and one of Radley Metzger's best works. For those who come here for pictures, not words, the short version of my take is that the film lives up to its press, and there are lots of pictures to enjoy. The film is based on the novel L'Image by Jean de Berg, and is faithful to the original work. It uses the same narrative structure of every version I have seen of the story of O, where most of the film is narrated, in this case by male lead Carl Parker, it is broken into chapters, and there is little actual dialogue. This, of course, prevents the need for lots of costly looping and trying to record live sound, but also helps set the correct tone and context for Dominance/Submission/Bondage/Discipline, which can come off as exploitive and just plain cruel if not properly handled.

Parker as Jean is a writer who has finally finished a short story that gave him fits, and is out in the world again at a party. He meets old friend Claire (Marilyn Roberts), but is attracted to a young woman he has never seen. She seems to have some kind of bond with Claire, and, at the end of the party, he discovers that she is named Anne, and is indeed Claire's slave. Anne is played by Mary Mendum, and The Image came immediately following her appearance in the Broadway version of Hair. The rest of the film, broken into segments, chronicles the ways in which Anne is used and controlled by Claire and Jean. The breakdown of images below will give you a good idea of what that entailed.

Metzger was a serious director and made many excellent films before turning to hard-core, and his life-long love of film carried over to his porn efforts, both in technical quality, and in artistic achievement. This film was lovingly restored from the original camera negatives, and is a nearly perfect transfer. This release marks the first time the film has been available on home video in the Uncut version. Metzger has fashioned a fetish masterpiece that sizzles throughout, but also explores the concept of the exchange of power, and the close relationship between pleasure and pain with insight and sensitivity. The only other character of note in the film is a sales clerk in a lingerie shop where Jean takes Anne to buy some garters.

Here is a detailed breakdown of the images, for those who want to seek, or avoid specific content, which includes graphic oral sex, bondage, whipping, and urination.

Marilyn Robert 1-3 - Breasts and a hint of bush being dominated at the end of the film by Jean.

Clerk 1 -10 - Anne giving head to the Clerk in a 3-way in the dressing room.
Clerk 11-22 - Clerk giving head to Jean.
Mary Mendum 1-11 - Full Frontal
Mary Mendum 12-26 - Breasts
Mary Mendum 27-32 - Bondage
Mary Mendum 33-39 - Bush close-ups (some of them involving teasing her with a rose outdoors)
Mary Mendum 40, 41 - Buns
Mary Mendum 42-46 - Jean stuffs Anne's pussie with vegetables under the table in a restaurant.
Mary Mendum 47-49 - Anne peeing outdoors in a public rose garden with Jean and Claire watching
Mary Mendum 50-54 - Anne giving head to Jean

This is a must own for anyone interested in the fetishes portrayed, and also for those who would like to see what quality porn can look like. If we used a different rating system, I would award 4 stars, but, as a hard-core with no appeal to those who dislike the genre, the proper grade is C+.

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  • Clerk (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22)
  • Marilyn Roberts (1, 2, 3)
  • Mary Mendum (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54)

    "Das Wilde Schaf"

    Das Wilde Schaf (1974), The Wild Sheep, was originally Le Mouton enragé. This French made black comedy stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, and features Jean-Pierre Cassel, Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin. Trintignant is a bank teller who gets up enough nerve to pick up a girl (Birkin) who turns out to be a hooker. However, rather than pay her, he more or less forces himself on her. When he tells his friend, Cassel, who is crippled from an auto accident that also cost him his ability to have sex, Cassel comes up with a plan. He will turn Trintignant, who is clearly no longer timid, into a ladies man and deal=maker, and then write a best seller about it.

    The plan starts with taking Birkin to Maxim's for lunch every day until she is part of the furniture there, and then leaving her alone so she can meet an influential person. This contact is then parlayed into business deals, a job, and a great many more women, including Schneider, the wife of a friend of the author. Trintignant indeed becomes rich and powerful, including owning a newspaper and controlling politicians. The joke is, it is all so easy.

    Birkin shows all three Bs, Schneider exposes her breasts, and several unknown women are shown in various states of undress. IMDB voters score it 7.4 of 10, and there are no reviews or comments listed. The film is available from Germany on DVD, probably due to the popularity of Romy Schneider there. Birkin was charming, as was Schneider, but I couldn't relate to the mercenary main character, and was very glad to see the 110 minutes end. C.

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  • Jane Birkin (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Romy Schneider (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Unknown (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
    Yo, dudes, I'm on summer vacation. Will be back to work in a fortnight, but in the meantime, I'll be sending in a movie report now and then about the stuff now in the theaters, and maybe some "other crap".


    Mick Locke reviews the new J-Lo female revenge film and overall suckfest, Enough. Roger Ebert compared it to the legendary grade-z exploitation film, "I Spit on Your Grave". Many reviewers noted that it was a blatant rip-off of "Sleeping With the Enemy". Here's a tip for you plagiaristic youngsters: if you're going to rip something off, pick something worthwhile.

    Tuna reviewed Radley Metzger's "The Image", and I added some thoughts

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    • If there is a white asterisk, it means that I inexplicably determined there might be something of interest.
    • A blue asterisk indicates the review is written by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or somebody else besides me)
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    Graphic Response
    • Cuban born actress and former Miss Teen World (1971) and Miss Venezuela (1975), Maria Conchita Alonso topless in her US film debut, "Moscow on the Hudson". (1, 2)

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.


    More caps of former Hefmate of the year, Brande Roderick, in the movie, "Inside Club Wild Side". These are from her second nekkid scene of the flic, in which she poses topless for the protagonist. And then the boat sinks. No wait, that's another shitty film. Collages of various sizes, mixed in with single frames. All of them hooters only because even though there some semi-hemi-demi-sport-humpin' in the later collages, Brande is never without her knickers.

    Scorpion's Skinemax
    First up today, plenty of realistic looking sport humping from the "For the Wives of Other" episode of the late night series "Kama Sutra".

    Other assorted late night ladies....

    • Kristina Kelso, breasts, phony-sex, and far off bum views from "Women Stories of Passion". Episode: "Luck is a Lady".

    • Lara Travis, sporting nipples that could take out an eye! Topless 'caps from the "See Me" episode of "Love Street".

    • Sandra Reinhardt, topless and some nice pokies from "Hot Line".

    • Wendi Westbrook, also in scenes from an episode of "Hot Line".


    Today's "Babe in Bondage" is Viju Krem in the cult classic "Blood Sucking Freaks" (1976). Viju plays a ballerina who is kidnapped and put in bondage by the evil Sardu.

    She's all tied up in the first 4 caps, then in the last 5, while under a spell and topless, she dances and kicks a man who is chained up.

    Gwen Stefani The lead singer from the band No Doubt, looking mighty sexy barely dressed (as usual) on the pages of the July 02 Maxim, by IMF.

    Paz Vega
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Scans of the beautiful Spanish actress on the cover and from a spread in the Spanish GQ, by C2000.
    Links 2 and 3...See thru-nipple sightings.
    Link #4...a bit of bum
    Link #5...subtle partial nipple sighting

    Youma Diakite
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    5 excellent scans by F2K of the ebony model posing topless as well as baring her bum from a Euro version of the January '02 Maxim.

    From the Mail Bag

    With regards to your report of NBC picking up "Coupling", the original series is on BBC America, and is quite good if you get british humor. The women in the series are Gina Bellman, who I believe you've capped, Sarah Alexander, and Kate Isitt. All of them are eminently watchable. It would be nice if you would do a set on them.